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New jobs, maintenance budget included in possible fall South Milwaukee school referendum
-- Darryl Enriquez, Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin: April 18, 2018 -- A referendum to establish a building-maintenance budget, improve building safety and hire staff to deal with mental health and social issues is being considered by the school board.


Lipscomb lands $23M to fund new business school building
-- Nashville Post

Tennessee: April 17, 2018 -- Lipscomb University President Randy Lowry has announced the largest donation in institution history, a $23 million gift that will partially fund construction of a new business school building. The donors have asked to remain anonymous, according to a release.


Six aging Washington County elementary schools could be combined into three new ones
-- CJ Lovelace, Herald Media

Maryland: April 17, 2018 -- Six of the county's oldest elementary schools might be closed over the next decade to make way for three new prototype schools. Officials say the change would begin to address delays in Washington County Public Schools' school replacement.


Community feedback on school facilities released
-- Adam Sodders, Times-Republican

Iowa: April 17, 2018 -- The community’s thoughts on Marshalltown Schools facilities were revealed at Monday’s Marshalltown School Board meeting, with both positive comments and suggestions for improvements. “Essentially, we present a community with some questions about a specific topic,” said ThoughtExchange Professional Services Manager Steve Kux of a survey on district facilities and what goals should be set for future projects. “We conducted small conversations via our online engagement tool.”


West Side school set for a renovation
-- Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico: April 16, 2018 -- The recently approved designs for a local elementary school aren’t just about aesthetics and functionality. The plans for Mary Ann Binford Elementary School are also focused on eliminating vulnerability at the school. The proposal was unanimously approved by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education last week


Enterprise Board of Education meeting to discuss high school expansion
-- Randi Hildreth, WSFA

Alabama: April 16, 2018 -- Enterprise High School is looking to expand its campus to accommodate its teachers, growing student population, and offer more academic programs. Monday night, the school board will meet to discuss officially taking back the College Street Elementary School building from the city.


Stevensville school bond ballots to be mailed Wednesday
-- Kevin Maki, NBC Montana

Montana: April 16, 2018 -- The Stevensville School District is asking voters to approve two bond requests totaling more than $22 million. The 20-year-bonds would pay for safety and deferred maintenance, renovation and upgrades. If both bonds are approved voters in Stevensville who own a $200,000 house would pay about $190 a year for 20 years.


Forum audience backs $250M for school repairs, construction
-- Paul Edward Parker, Providence Journal

Rhode Island: April 16, 2018 -- A Publick Occurrences forum Monday night persuaded a significant portion of audience members that they should vote for a proposed bond referendum that would provide $250 million for school repairs and construction, according to a survey of audience members. Publick Occurrences, sponsored by The Providence Journal, Leadership Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, has been held several times a year for the last eight years and examines some of the leading issues of the day. Monday night’s forum, at RIC’s Sapinsley Hall, looked at the deteriorating state of Rhode Island’s public schools and a proposal for the state to borrow $250 million to address the deficiencies.


Dist. 207 Details $240.7 Million Renovation Plan
-- Tom Robb, Journal & Topics

Illinois: April 16, 2018 -- Plans for renovations detailed by Dist. 207 officials Thursday propose $51.8 million in building improvements at Maine West, including a new fieldhouse, $48.9 million in projects at Maine South and $48.5 million at Maine East. Preliminary plans for the potential $240.7 million in projects at all three Maine Township High School Dist. 207 schools were outlined at a press conference held by district officials at the Dist. 207 administration offices in Park Ridge.


Navarro County schools hold bond elections
-- Deanna Kirk, Corsicana Daily News

Texas: April 15, 2018 -- ‘Tis the season for school bond elections in Navarro County, and there are currently several in the works in the towns outside the county seat. Kerens Independent School District, who passed its bond package already and is set to begin construction within the month, joins with Rice ISD, whose groundbreaking will be May 2. Mildred ISD is also pursuing a bond for three different phases of construction, and Dawson ISD has one initiative it is pushing. Also add Frost ISD to that list, with a few upgrades they are requesting.

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