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News items come from the U.S. Department of Educations's National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF).


Timing of bat study results could push back construction of flood replacement school by one year
-- Jeff Jenkins, Metro News

West Virginia: May 22, 2018 -- It’s possible site preparation for the construction of a new Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County won’t begin until November 2019. A pending bat study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could push the timbering of the site back by one year, state lawmakers were told Tuesday. The flooding committee, which was created by the legislature in the months following the June 2016 flood, got an update on school construction timelines from officials with the state School Building Authority.


School Board OKs Asking Voters to Approve $27.7 Million in Bonds for Major Maintenance
-- Tim Ellis, KUAC

Alaska: May 22, 2018 -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board decided Monday to ask voters this fall to approve a $27.7 million bond package to pay for roof repairs and electrical upgrades to district facilities. The board also took one last look at next year’s $238 million district budget before considering final approval tonight.


Plans underway to redevelop abandoned Kingsport school building
-- Elizabeth Kuebel, WJHL

Tennessee: May 22, 2018 -- Plans are in the works to redevelop an old, abandoned school building in Kingsport. The former Dickson Elementary school was shut down amid a major school facilities plan in the 1990's. Now, the city manager says, a private developer has plans to turn it into a planned residential development.


Fort Bend ISD police block entrance as trustees debate controversial plan expected to lead to November bond election
-- Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle

Texas: May 21, 2018 -- In a marathon eight-hour school board meeting that lasted until after 2 a.m., Fort Bend ISD trustees listened to dozens of upset and anxious parents before voting to approve a list of recommendations for the district’s facilities master plan on Monday, May 14. The plan was based on a facility study put forward by PBK Architects that included more than $800 million in proposed repairs, renovations and new construction projects to be considered for a not-yet-approved school bond expected to go before voters in November.


Another Facilities Master Plan update for school board
-- Erika Alvero, Pleasanton Weekly

California: May 21, 2018 -- The Pleasanton school board is set to consider another update to the Measure I1 Facilities Master Plan on Tuesday night. The plan details how the $270 million from the Measure I1 school facilities bond, approved by voters in 2016, should be spent -- in five separate issuances. This will be the third time the plan has been presented to the board over the past few months, with the Board of Trustees having put forward proposed adjustments each time. The final plan is expected to be up for approval June.


Swallows will use $20 million BEST grant for new school building in Pueblo West
-- Jon Pompia, The Pueblo Chieftain

Colorado: May 21, 2018 -- Thanks to an anticipated receipt of a $19.8 million Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant from the Colorado Department of Education, Swallows Charter Academy in Pueblo West soon should have a new K-8 facility. A Pueblo County School District 70 K-12 charter school for more than 20 years, Swallows primarily has used modular buildings to educate students during that time. While the new school will accommodate K-8 students, Swallows high schoolers will be moving into additional space adjacent to the current property in the fall.


Construction begins on new Jasper elementary
-- Allen Laman, The DuBois Herald

Indiana: May 21, 2018 -- The groundbreaking for the new Jasper Elementary School building was this morning, when about 75 people — contractors, Greater Jasper Schools leadership, elementary students and community members — gathered at the school’s future location on North Portersville Road near Jasper Middle School to ceremoniously celebrate the start of construction.


Galax receives $17.1M for school renovation
-- Shannon Watkins, Galax Gazette

Virginia: May 18, 2018 -- The City of Galax received a $17.1 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, to be used for the Galax Elementary School project.


Creative approaches suggested for school facilities challenges
-- Jayati Ramakrishnan, East Oregonian

Oregon: May 18, 2018 -- Though they haven’t made any decisions yet, the Hermiston School District has heard from community members: To pass a new bond, they’re going to have to think differently. About 20 people gathered Thursday night at the first public meeting held by the facility planning committee, a group of community members, school board members and district administrators. In January, the group began studying building issues facing the district, such as enrollment and capacity, school safety, and the condition of facilities.


New Mexico’s Laguna Elementary School receives $26.2 million for new school construction
-- Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

New Mexico: May 17, 2018 -- The U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday that the Laguna Elementary School in New Laguna, New Mexico, will receive $26.2 million for the construction of a new school. “As Secretary of the Interior, I am responsible for the education of 48,000 native children in the Bureau of Indian Education school system​, and that is an honor and responsibility I take very seriously​,” Zinke said in the news release. “I applaud the Laguna Department Of Education’s commitment to providing a first class education to its students​ and for developing a successful plan​. An investment in our youth is an investment in our future​. I am hopeful that the proposal President Trump and I put forward to rebuild Indian schools is passed by Congress.”

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