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Springfield (Mass.) officials pursue 5-year program for new school roofs, windows and boilers

In all, the planned and proposed capital projects could total more than $50 million over a five-year period, and would defer any further roofing projects for 15 to 20 years, said Patrick J. Sullivan, the city’s director of buildings and facilities. Proposed projects include new roofs at 18 additional schools through 2016.

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Demolition begins at Sandy Hook Elementary School

The property, according to Reuters, has been barricaded to keep members of the public and media away. Security guards also are monitoring the site. Workers have reportedly signed confidentiality agreements banning them from discussing any aspects of the work.

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Sandy one year later: Some damaged schools still unable to sound the alarm

P.S. 207 is one of seven school buildings with a fire guard instead of a working alarm, and one of 30 schools with temporary boilers hooked up outside. These were supposed to be quick Band-Aids, to get kids and teachers back in the classrooms as soon as possible.

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Pot tax would boost Colo. school funds

Up to $40 million per year in future taxes could go to public school construction under the proposal, which is before Colorado voters in the Nov. 5 mail ballot election.

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Mayor, state officials praise Brockton’s (Mass.) share of $10 billion in school building

A ceremony today will mark the rehabilitation of eight schools in the city, which received aid from a state agency geared to oversee construction projects in schools across the state. Mayor Linda Balzotti and state Treasurer Steven Grossman will recognize the efforts by the Massachusetts Schools Building Authority, or MSBA, which has so far invested more than $103 million in Brockton schools.

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School construction tax effort gears up in Orange (Fla.)

After some reservations about how the district was spending construction money in the years since, Batchelor said he is back on board, impressed by the work of John Morris, the schools' facilities director since 2011.

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Small N.H. town busing students to other schools due to construction delays at new school

About 100 Unity students may spend the entire academic year attending school in nearby Claremont due to construction delays at the new elementary school.

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Wake (N.C.) voters approve $810M school construction bond

The bond will be used to build 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools, do major renovations to six schools and smaller upgrades to dozens of others and purchase land for future schools.

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Jefferson Parish School Board (La.) votes to revive plan to build arts wing for Lincoln Elementary

The school was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina and has since been rebuilt, but without the arts building. The construction cost the school district $16.4 million; the extra wing would have raised the price to about $18 million.

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Berlin (Conn.) High School celebrates groundbreaking at last

It's been in the works for a while, but as the town prepares for the bulk of construction as part of phase II of the Berlin High School renovation project, officials have finally had a chance to slow down a celebrate a bit.

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