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Progress continuing on new school complex
-- Dylan McKenzie, The Times Leader

Ohio: March 4, 2018 -- CADIZ — As the school year goes on, residents and students in Harrison County are looking toward the future as the new Harrison Hills City School District school complex continues to take shape. The school district has been working to help make the brand new, state-of-the-art complex a reality. The building will consolidate the facilities in the district, including the elementary, middle, and high schools. It will have classrooms for students from preschool up to 12th grade, providing students and their teachers with the latest technology to help with the learning process.

Districts plan to provide tax relief, school improvements
-- Carol Roehm, Commercial News

Illinois: March 4, 2018 -- DANVILLE – School district officials from around the area say the county school facility tax would provide a reliable source of revenue to keep school facilities up-to-date as well as provide property tax relief. “The couple groups I’ve talked to, they’ve understood,” Oakwood Superintendent Gary Lewis said. “They understand we can’t keep relying on the state for funding.” Westville Superintendent Seth Miller said his school board has prioritized how it would use the extra revenue from the 1 percent sales tax.

Urbana schools puts finances online as its builds $65M new schools
-- Parker Perry, Springfield News-Sun

Ohio: March 3, 2018 -- Urbana City School leaders will put the district’s finances on Ohio’s online checkbook as its new $65 million buildings are getting closer to opening. The move is to create a more accessible district, Superintendent Charles Thiel said. “It an avenue of transparency with the community,” he said. The Ohio Online Checkbook is a website run by the Ohio Treasurer’s Office that allows users to search public agencies’ financial records, according to the website. The Urbana City School information is currently available at OhioCheckbook.com.

School Board Hears Facilities Updaten Roof Repairs Needed Districtwide
-- E Missourian

Missouri: March 3, 2018 -- The Washington School Board listened to a facilities update at its meeting Wednesday. The district’s facilities committee, which includes board members, maintenance and grounds staff, and administrators, had met earlier to discuss the report. The update included promised bond issue projects that have been completed, and other planned, but minor capital repairs and equipment that were completed as part of the annual capital projects budget for this fiscal year.

Permits issued for new Linwood Elementary School
-- Nicholas Deshais, The Spokesman-Review

Washington: March 3, 2018 -- The $24 million replacement of Linwood Elementary School just north of Spokane city limits was issued its first commercial building permits by the county. The construction of the new 76,000-square-foot building at, 906 W. Weile Road is financed by a 2014 bond measure that was supported by nearly 70 percent of voters. Linwood opened in 1957 and currently serves about 500 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The new structure will increase capacity to 625 and will be built while the existing facility remains in operation. Work is expected to be completed by August 2019.

Tri-Valley seeking $15 million to remodel high school
-- Patrick Baron, WJBC

Illinois: March 3, 2018 -- Tri-Valley is looking to remodel its high school in a multi-million dollar, multi-year project. The project would remodel the high school’s classrooms, redesign the entry way, remodel the kitchen, and add an auditorium and a multi-purpose gym. If approved later this month, the remodeling would occur during summer breaks, with the goal of being completed by the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Superintendent David Mouser explained the project has been in the works for some time.

Berkshire Hills School Committee backs slashing about $277,000 from budget
-- Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts: March 2, 2018 -- A proposal to slash about $277,000 from the Berkshire Hills Regional School District budget won support from the district's School Committee on Thursday. This will reduce Great Barrington's share of school costs by about $174,000 from what was previously proposed, and might halt a precarious approach toward the town's levy limit, the maximum amount a town is allowed to levy from property taxes. The proposed cuts will also reduce school costs for West Stockbridge, and further reduce Stockbridge's share.

After ‘Yes’ vote Westport begins taking next steps toward new school
-- Jeffrey D. Wagner, The Herald News

Massachusetts: March 2, 2018 -- The town drew a record number of people to the polls on Tuesday to approve a debt exclusion Proposition 2 ½ tax override to help finance a new 5 through 12 school building on Old County Road. Now, two questions loom — when will property taxes rise and what are the next steps? School Building Committee Chairwoman Dianne Baron said that a meeting will be set up soon with the town treasurer and Unibank to discuss the borrowing to cover the town’s $58.8 million share of the project. The state School Building Authority is expected to cover $38 million, of the total $96.8 million project.

Md. governor: Safe schools shouldn’t feel like scary places
-- Kate Ryan, WTOP

Maryland: March 2, 2018 -- In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he wants each and every school in the state to be a safe place for kids. Hogan said he wants to give schools $125 million to improve security, but he doesn’t want schools to feel like bunkers. Related Stories Md. Gov. Hogan is against arming teachers, aims to improve school safety MARYLAND NEWS Md. governor calls on Prince George’s Co. executive to fire schools CEO PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD NEWS “I don’t like the term ‘hardening’ the schools because that seems like a military term,” Hogan said. Hogan said the $125 million he would funnel toward securing school facilities would go for things, such as electronic access and more secure entry points.

House committee approves Richmond school facilities bill
-- Justin Mattingly, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia: March 2, 2018 -- The Richmond ballot measure that voters passed overwhelmingly in November in hopes of improving school facilities has made it out of committee. The Virginia House of Delegates Counties, Cities and Towns Committee unanimously voted Friday to report Senate Bill 750 from Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond, to the full chamber. The bill would require Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to present a fully funded school facilities modernization plan to City Council by Jan. 1, 2019 or say it can’t be done.

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