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Schools adjust to construction
-- Ashley Sloboda, Journal Gazette

Indiana: May 13, 2018 -- This school year hasn't been the nightmare New Haven High School Principal Anna Murphy feared. Construction has forced some teachers to relocate, has taken over the gymnasium, created parking issues and made the building noisier – particularly in hallways temporarily without ceiling tiles.


Arkansas Senate: State approves $42 million in school construction aid
-- Bruce Maloch, Magnolia Reporter

Arkansas: May 13, 2018 -- The Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission has approved more than $42 million in state aid to local school districts for new construction and repairs to keep schools safe, warm and dry. About $3.2 billion have been spent on 2,453 projects since 2006. The state has provided $1.34 billion of that amount and school districts match the funding, at a rate that depends on their locally generated wealth.


Southern Cayuga school district to put up planetarium renovation project, budget for vote
-- Kelly Rocheleau, Auburn Pub

New York: May 12, 2018 -- The Southern Cayuga Central School District hopes voters will approve efforts to get its planetarium up and running again. Community members will be able to vote on a capital improvement project aimed at renovating the Southern Cayuga Planetarium, on Tuesday. The district's 2018-2019 budget will be up for voting as well.


Communities dig deep to pay for school building projects
-- Adam Sexton, WMUR

New Hampshire: May 11, 2018 -- The debate over state funding for school building projects will likely be a major campaign topic in the 2018 election. Communities across New Hampshire are struggling to deal with the consequences of the elimination of a program that many of them relied on to pay for needed school upgrades. In Newmarket, taxpayers are digging deep into their own pockets to overhaul the junior-senior high school, which dates back to the 1920s.


Bethel Elementary Schools Renovation to get Help from State
-- Rich Kirby, Bethel Patch

Connecticut: May 10, 2018 -- The state legislative bodies both approved a grant that will pay for 45 percent of the $65.8 million renovations to Rockwell and Johnson elementary schools. Residents voted overwhelmingly to approve $140,000 for preliminary work on the proposal to renovate Rockwell and Johnson elementary schools back in March 2017. The Rockwell school was last renovated in 1977 and the Johnson school was last renovated in 1980.


This vacant land once was home to a school. Palmetto just bought it for $1.45 million
-- Mark Young, Bradenton Herald

Florida: May 10, 2018 -- The city of Palmetto secured 8.75 acres of land in the heart of its historic district with an agreement to buy the property for $1.45 million from the Manatee County School District. So what will they do with it? "Make it a medical marijuana hub," said one person while another added, "And a combination firing range," said another. Both declined to be identified, but insisted they were only joking.


Carroll school board talks facilities plan, future of East Middle
-- Emily Chappell, Carroll County Times

Maryland: May 10, 2018 -- The future of Westminster’s East Middle School, as well as other aging buildings within Carroll County Public Schools, remains uncertain in a system with aging facilities and a strapped budget. The topic was again part of the discussion Wednesday at the Board of Education meeting, where school board members discussed the Educational Facilities Master Plan for 2018 through 2027.


School board votes against renovations for Lansdowne High, sets eyes on replacement
-- Cody Boteler, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland: May 9, 2018 -- The Baltimore County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to re-designate funds for renovation of Lansdowne High School toward construction of a new school. In its 8-3 vote, the board is asking that the renovation money — $60 million in two phases — be put toward a new Lansdowne High School, although the vote means the process of acting on a new building, which could cost more than $100 million, will have to begin anew.


Villagers reject school facilities levy
-- Diane Chiddister, YSNews.com

Ohio: May 9, 2018 -- Yellow Springs residents resoundingly voted down a combined property tax/income tax levy for new and renovated facilities at Yellow Springs High School/McKinney School on Tuesday, May 8. Sixty-four percent of voters, or 1,309 villagers, cast “no” votes on the levy, while 730 villagers, or 35.8 percent, voted for the levy, according to unofficial results late Tuesday night from the Greene County Board of Elections. Altogether, 2,039 Yellow Springs and Miami Township residents cast ballots, or 53 percent of voters.


A study shows Kettle Moraine Schools need more than $25 million worth of improvements at outdoor facilities
-- Alec Johnson, Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin: May 9, 2018 -- The Kettle Moraine School District is facing millions of dollars worth of needed improvements at outdoor facilities at the high school and middle school, according to an analysis conducted. Those costs — estimated at nearly $25 million — were not covered by the $49.6 million referendum approved in April 2014. The 2014 referendum covered interior and exterior structural needs districtwide; it did not cover athletic facilities and other outdoor improvements at the middle school and high school.

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