Construction Watch

Nearly $1 million approved by New Jersey board for construction

Lakehurst's board of education approved the use of $500,000 in capital funds and an additional $443,111 in the form of a lease purchase agreement to pay for the school's share of scheduled construction projects.

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Colorado board moves forward with $576M capital construction package

Boulder Valley's school board agreed to ask voters in the fall to approve a $576 million capital construction package. It includes a new $45 million school in Erie, added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs and repairs and renovations at existing schools.

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Two new schools to be added to Texas district

The Dickinson school district's voters approved a $56 million bond proposal calling for the construction of two new campuses, Elementary No. 7 and Middle School No, 3. A "mini-education village" design option is being considered in which the elementary and middle school will share a cafeteria and common areas.

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District in Idaho seeks $104 million bond

Meridian School District will ask voters to approve a $104 million bond that would include construction of three new schools as the district braces for enrollment growth approaching pre-recession levels.

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South Dakota district approves $5.2 million for new school

The Tea Area School District's board members approved to take out $5.2 million in capital outlay certificates to build a new elementary school. The school will be open by fall of 2015.

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Nebraska school recieves $1.75 million gift for career and tech addition

Although construction on the new Kearney High School is underway, a recent gift is paying for 10,000 square feet to be added to the building. A donor has donated $1.75 million for the Career and Technical Education Pathways Institute addition, which will offer hands-on experience in technical careers.

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Utah architect designing dome schools that keep kids healthy, safe

Located in Oklahoma's "Tornado Alley," Locust Grove's new schools incorporate the increasingly popular alternative of topping schools with thin-shell concrete domes for better safety and temperature control. In addition to costing much less than the traditional price of school construction, the use of air-form technology cuts building costs.

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Oklahoma school shelter advocates launch new petition

The Take Shelter Oklahoma organization that supports building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school plans to launch a new initiative petition drive to get the measure on the ballot. The effort comes a little more than a year after a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, killing seven students.

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New York City to put $4.4 billion into public school construction

Over the next five years, New York City will allocate $490 million to reduce class sizes, $480 million to scrap trailers used as temporary classrooms, $480 million to remove toxic PCBs from schools and $50 million on science labs.

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Colo. district superintendent backs $576 million construction package

Boulder Valley Superintendent Bruce Messinger is recommending a $576 million capital construction package for the district's next bond issue, including a new $45 million school in Erie, a new central kitchen and added classroom space to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten programs.

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