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Water taking toll on William Blount High School
-- Amy Beth Miller, The Daily Times

Tennessee: March 19, 2018 -- This is the second in a two-part series on proposed renovations to Blount County’s two high schools. Yesterday’s article provided an overview and focused on Heritage High School. Spalling brick, leaking roofs, damaged floors and 15 industrial dehumidifiers all are symptoms of structural problems at William Blount High School. Opened in 1979, the school met building standards of the time, but now has two main structural issues, a consultant working on proposed renovations for WBHS and Heritage High School has explained at several meetings.

Elyria Schools set to alter master plan, cut two schools
-- Lisa Roberson, The Chronicle

Ohio: March 18, 2018 -- Faced with rising construction costs, Elyria Schools is looking to implement cost-savings changes to its master plan, which lays out how the district will rebuild itself with state and local money in the next few years. A plan designed to shrink the district’s elementary and middle schools from 11 buildings to five new buildings could now change so the district would have an even smaller footprint across the city. Saturday morning, district officials met to discuss cutting the new elementary and middle schools to three campus-style buildings with one each on the west, east and north ends of town.

Letter: Board failed in its planning process
-- Whitney Berry, Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota: March 17, 2018 -- One of the guiding principles of the Grand Forks Public Schools facilities master plan has been identified as providing students with school environments that support "21st century learning." At this point, the board and district have not adequately defined what "21st century learning" means in relation to facilities planning and have now advanced plans to convene a task force to address the topic. In its 2008 position statement, "Educating Students in a Changing World," the Association of Supervision, Curriculum and Development identifies six key 21st century competencies.

District needs school facilities to support increased student achievement goals
-- Chad Shealy, The Vicksburg Post

Mississippi: March 17, 2018 -- The Vicksburg Warren School District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to ask Warren Countians to decide whether or not to support a school facilities bond to improve our buildings. If passed, this bond issue will address a large backlog of infrastructure deficiencies. These critical improvements will make our buildings safer, address overcrowding at our schools and provide updated spaces that will support the necessary learning of today’s 21st century student.

Report: Charter schools struggle to pay for inadequate facilities
-- Lola Duffort, Concord Monitor

New Hampshire: March 16, 2018 -- Unlike traditional schools, PACE Career Academy, a charter high school in Allenstown, doesn’t have a prep kitchen, a band room, or athletic fields. Instead, it rents space at the Suncook Business Park in Allenstown, and makes do with reworked office spaces. For charter schools in New Hampshire, that’s the norm. It’s getting “tougher and tougher” to pay for facilities, PACE Director Martin Castle said. The school doesn’t just have to pay rent, Castle said, it also has to contend with mandates from the state – like installing key-card readers – without extra help.