Construction Watch

Missouri district to fast track new school construction

With voter approval of Proposition G, Lindbergh Schools officials in St. Louis are looking to fast track the construction of a new elementary school. A total of $23.9 million of the $34 million bond issue will fund the construction, designed to address the district's aggressive enrollment growth.

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R.I. Senate task force calls for new way of funding school construction

A task force proposes using 1 percent of Rhode Island’s 7-percent sales tax to pay for school construction projects in an effort to reduce the state’s reliance on costly bonds.

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Two construction projects approved for Concord, N.C., district

Cabarrus County's board approved $15.5 million in capital outlay funding for one school replacement and $16 million for a new elementary school despite a projected significant gap between the estimated construction cost and the amount funded.

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Newark, N.J., building three new schools

Newark will soon start the construction of three Newark schools that have been in development for years. The new construction is in addition to money pledged for repairing other city schools.

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More money to prepare Alabama students for growing construction industry

Alabama contractors, in looking for skilled workers, are interested in building the industry from the ground up by starting to work with high school students. Additional funding is now available for high school programs to give students on the job training.

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Georgia city system to borrow $18 million

Decatur's board voted to borrow $18 million for school construction projects. Under the proposed certificates of participation (COPS) financing agreement, the system would transfer title for three elementary schools to the Georgia Municipal Association and then sign a lease agreement to use the buildings.

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Kansas district votes for $17 million school bond

Paola voters approved Paola USD 368’s proposed $17 million school bond. Bond plans will include safety and security improvements at all of the schools, tornado shelters at all district facilities, renovations to the middle school and various other projects.

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Construction referendum narrowly passes in Wisconsin county

Parkview School District voters approved general obligation bonds in the amount of $17 million to renovate two schools. The construction referendum passed by only 26 votes.

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Pa. lawmakers urged to revise school construction funding process

Amid a $1.7 billion backlog in funding, school officials and building industry representatives are asking lawmakers to overhaul the way Pennsylvania pays for public school construction. The state’s Planning and Construction Workbook is an 11-step process for local districts to get reimbursed by the state for renovations and new building.

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Ohio construction bill points $675 million to schools

A $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds an array of community, school and park projects has cleared the Ohio Legislature. The proposal directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools.

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