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New Johnson school site being prepared; field restrooms next step
-- Darlene J. Swiger, The Bridgeport News

West Virginia: June 22, 2017 -- Work is moving quickly on the first phase of the new $16.1 million Johnson Elementary School with site preparation and location of utilities. Harrison County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Anthony Fratto said footers have been poured. “Because we’re raising the site up, they poured the footers and then they will fill around it. The critical part now is location of the utilities. Some are being moved, and some are being installed and rerouted. It’s all underground. They are working on the electric, gas line, drainage and water supply,” Fratto said.

Superintendent moves forward with improvement plans for North Attleboro schools
-- Kayla Canne, The Sun Chronicle

Massachusetts: June 22, 2017 -- NORTH ATTLEBORO — A new district improvement plan will focus on curriculum, school facilities, district culture and climate and the lingering budget crisis. It is the first plan put together by the school department’s new leadership team. Presenting the plan to the school committee Monday, Superintendent Scott Holcomb said the three-year plan assigns responsibility and deadlines to action items for each goal in hopes of providing more accountability for the district.

Gray Stone Day School starts work on new middle school building
-- Salisbury Post

North Carolina: June 22, 2017 -- MISENHEIMER — A new building for middle grades at Gray Stone Day School should be completed by October, said Helen Nance, the school’s chief administrative officer. The building, which is being constructed behind the high school, will be about 18,000 square feet and have 15 classrooms, a common area and office space. Grades six through eight will be housed in the new building. The contractor is Omega Construction of Pilot Mountain, the company that built the high school.

Thousands petition to modernize Richmond schools
-- Brendan King, WTVR.com

Virginia: June 22, 2017 -- RICHMOND, Va., -- A political group made up of Richmond citizens gathered in front of City Hall to call on Mayor Levar Stoney to renovate the city's "obsolete" schools, Thursday morning. The School Modernization Charter Change campaign revealed they have collected more than 6,600 signatures on their petition titled, "Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunities," since they began their efforts on Primary Day.

DL School Board approves $39 million budget for FY 2018
-- Vicki Gerdes, DL-Online.com

Minnesota: June 22, 2017 -- Enrollment at Detroit Lakes Public Schools has been on a slow but steady rise over the past 10 years — which is a good thing, when you consider that the State of Minnesota's education aid funding formula is based primarily on a school district's average daily membership, or ADM. "We've had moderate, but consistent growth in enrollment, from about 2,700 in the 2007-08 school year to a projected 3,106 students in 2017-18," says School District Business Manager Ryan Tangen.

College of Idaho grad starts fundraiser to improve Palestine school facilities
-- Idaho State Journal

Idaho: June 22, 2017 -- A mere four days after the College of Idaho’s Commencement ceremony, recent mathematics-computer science graduate Ahmed Arafat ’17 returned to his homeland of Palestine, traveling to the small farming village of Kafa in the West Bank on a mission: to bring water to a place in desperate need of it. Now a month into the project, his mission has expanded toward improving the facilities of Kafa’s primary school, providing necessary basic amenities for the school’s 300 students.

Mancos’ $24.7 million school renovation gets final OK
-- Luke Perkins, The Durango Herald

Colorado: June 21, 2017 -- DENVER – Mancos School District’s $24.7 million campus renovation plan has cleared its last bureaucratic hurdle. The Legislature’s Capital Development Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to ratify the allocation of grant dollars to a list of lease-purchase projects approved by the State Board of Education last week. The committee’s approval is required for any new capital construction projects that use state dollars. Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said Wednesday’s vote was a final formality for the projects to ensure state funds are being used wisely.

Kelly: Special legislative session not likely for school finance
-- Angela Deines, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas: June 21, 2017 -- A special session of the Kansas Legislature likely won’t happen this summer as a result of the passage of a new school finance funding package, Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, reiterated on Wednesday. After speaking to the attendees of the YWCA’s Network Luncheon, Kelly said she expects the Kansas Supreme Court justices will accept the estimated $195 million in state aid that lawmakers approved earlier this month for the 2017-18 school year, keeping schools open after June 30.

State holds up $200 million school funds
-- Reggie Ellis, The Foothills Sun Gazette

California: June 21, 2017 -- tulare county – The State’s decision to delay the sale of statewide school bonds approved by voters is holding up just under $200 million for Tulare County school districts to repair and update aging schools as well as build new schools to alleviate overcrowding. Last month, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) sent a letter to legislators notifying them of the Department of Finance’s decision to push back the sale of bonds from Proposition 51, the 2016 state school bond approved by 55.2% of the voters last November. CASH, a co-sponsor of the statewide measure, said the delay is holding up $134 million in new construction funds and $61 million in modernization funding for Tulare County schools.

-- Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News

Wisconsin: June 21, 2017 -- BELOIT - The School District of Beloit has formulated a strategic plan to improve student performance and staff work environment, monitor investments, address infrastructure and improve communication. Included in the plan are initiatives to turn around performance at Hackett and Merrill Schools as well as create a reform model for the intermediate and high schools. Superintendent Tom Johnson gave an overview on the strategic plan at the board of education special meeting Tuesday. The plan will go before the board for a vote on June 27. This fall the strategic plan committee, including parents, community members, board of education representatives and staff in consultation with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB), started working on the plan.

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