The Virginia CUSD #64 approved bids for the new school construction project and accepted resignations of board members Gary Hish and Lenny Moore as well as elementary teacher Sarah Newman and Jr. High volleyball coach and student council co-sponsor Megan Smith.
Although the Cleveland School District is leaving its longtime offices on East Sixth Street this summer, school board member Eric Wobser wants the district to increase its presence downtown. Wobser has proposed using all $4.5 million from the sale of the district headquarters to the Drury hotel chain for creating a new school downtown, or expanding one or both of the district schools already there.
The Wyoming School Facilities Commission approved funds for planning and design of 19 projects intended to aid school districts running out of classroom space. A $10 million allocation by the 2013 state legislature was divvied among 18 districts. The list includes $1 million to fund the design of a new elementary school in the Natrona County School District.
When School Committee Chairman Jonathan Pope called out both Counselor-at-Large Bruce Tobey and the Times, he actually reached out in a manner that the entire school committee should have long before now.
A state study of six school districts where officials say their classrooms are overcrowded supports what Natrona County School District officials have concluded: The district is experiencing an enrollment influx and needs more elementary school classrooms.
There are holes under the roof of the girls weight room at El Rancho High School and birds fly in and leave droppings on the floor, the wooden floor of the boys weight room is in splinters and has to be covered with rubber mats, the science and culinary arts rooms are antiquated, and parts of the girls locker room are covered in mold, the Daily News observed on a visit to the school on April 4.
The 160,000 square-foot building will have 45 classrooms and 12 laboratories. The double-decker school also will house a multi-purpose room, multiple music and art rooms, two gymnasiums, a large cafeteria, spacious hallways, a football field on site, and two driveways for students, staff and parents.
A charter school to train high-schoolers for technical and engineering jobs could occupy the first floor of a planned 43-unit affordable apartment project the Northwest Side Community Development Corp. is proposing on West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee.
Districts in Silvis, Du Quoin and Pinckneyville are among those that could receive more than a $1 million each within the next three weeks to help them pay off the cost of building new schools and classrooms.
Superintendent Terry Snyder reported that the capacity construction projects have only received development funds at this point, and the construction has not yet been funded. He said the SFD will make that decision next week.
Among the construction projects proposed for fiscal 2014 is $85 million toward the construction of a new Ballou Senior High School in Ward 8, whose groundbreaking was Tuesday, $38 million toward a $127 million renovation of Roosevelt High School in Ward 4 and upgrades at 15 elementary schools and six middle schools.
Legislation to allow Baltimore City to fund the repair or replacement of more than 50 school buildings has been given final approval in the Maryland General Assembly, sending the bill to Governor Martin O'Malley for his signature.