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Hamilton schools studying future facilities, with option of tearing down historic auditorium
-- Deborah Gertz Husar, Herald-Whig

Illinois: December 1, 2017 -- HAMILTON, Ill. -- The Hamilton School District's focus on the future could jeopardize a significant piece of its past. The School Board is looking at options to create 21st-century learning environments for students that support collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in facilities that are safe and secure, designed for technology, flexible, and student-centered. One option calls for building an addition to the elementary school and converting it to serve kindergarten through eighth grade, making health life-safety and 21st-century updates at the high school, and demolishing the high school's Safford Auditorium at an estimated cost of $12 million.


School closing and opening pattern shows Chicago doesn’t have a plan
-- Curtis Black, The Chicago Reporter

Illinois: November 30, 2017 -- With Chicago Public Schools slated to announce school actions Friday – and with a five-year moratorium on school closings expiring – one looming question is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans another massive round of closings to address the continued steep decline in enrollment. Unless I’m mistaken, that’s not likely with less than 18 months to go till the next mayoral election. I suspect the tremendous pushback he got for closing 50 schools in 2013 has taught him to move a little less precipitously. But beyond closings, the more curious aspect of school actions is why, up till now at least, CPS has continued to open schools as enrollment drops.


Facilities committee reports to school board
-- Lake Mills Leader

Wisconsin: November 30, 2017 -- On Nov. 20, the LMASD (Lake Mills Area School District) Facilities Committee provided an update on long-range district-wide facilities master plan to the full school board. The focus was creating a plan of action to address the most immediate needs in the district identified through the facilities assessment and enrollment projection studies. In 2015, the district worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects to conduct a comprehensive facilities assessment. The facilities assessment analyzed the condition of the High School, including infrastructure and educational adequacy, for the purposes of creating a long-range master plan with a phased approach.


All schools getting state construction funds should serve in emergencies, Florida lawmaker says
-- Jeffrey Solochek, TBO.com

Florida: November 30, 2017 -- Why weren't charter schools used as evacuation shelters during Hurricane Irma? It's a question that resonated in the storm's aftermath, as district schools across Florida remained closed to end shelter operations and clean up before welcoming students back to classes.


Smithville trustees to nail down renovations to existing facilities
-- Fran Hunter, Austin American-Statesman

Texas: November 29, 2017 -- With plans for the new junior high and athletic facility in progress, Smithville school board members decided this month to begin discussions on the third project of the $35 million bond – $5.5 million in renovations on Main Campus, for the elementary and existing junior high.