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Architects Present Plan to Add Learning Commons to 5 Scarsdale Schools
-- Joanne Wallenstein, Scarsdale10583.com

New York: May 23, 2017 -- After months of anticipation, the new district engineers and architects, BBS, unveiled their plans for updates to all district facilities at a three hour meeting on Monday night May 22, 2017. The audience was largely from Greenacres, as the school had previously been the focus of discussion for the next bond offering. However, the administration sought to shift this dialogue to a conversation about equity and parity in the elementary school experience and to provide an assessment and propose update to all district buildings.

Fixing Our Infrastructure? How About Schools?
-- Rachel M. Cohen, The American Prospect

National: May 23, 2017 -- Tens of millions of children report daily to run-down, sometimes unsafe school buildings. Two proposals for upgrading schools are now before Congress.

Washington Parish School district asks voters to support new school construction
-- Ashley Rodrigue, WWLTV

Louisiana: April 27, 2017 -- The original Franklinton High School building looks good for its almost 80 years. Leaders of Franklinton Junior High, which operates in the building now, will tell you it's taken continuous and costly work to keep it that way.

Guilford looks at hiring consultant to study school buildings, attendance lines
-- Jessie Pounds, News & Record

North Carolina: April 27, 2017 -- Twelve portable classrooms sit behind the main building, some in place since the 1970s. Theyíve been a workable fix for the schoolís growing enrollment over the years, but now school officials say they legally canít add more units on the site, even though they need to put in more classes due to upcoming state class-size reduction requirements.

$74M bond proposal hinges on publicís perception of a school building | The Ellis County Citizen
-- Amy Hedtke, The Ellis County Citizen

Texas: April 27, 2017 -- At the middle of the social media discussion over the $74 million Red Oak School Bond is a 1,000 student school building. Tucked away at the end of Live Oak Road, it is being used for special events, training, and storage but not currently housing any students in its classrooms.

Wythe school building plan sent to supervisors
-- Millie Rothrock, SWVA Today

Virginia: April 17, 2017 -- In an effort to clear what it considers muddied waters, the Wythe County School Board agreed Thursday to submit a short and concise capital improvement plan to county supervisors, along with a request that supervisors vote on the plan.

Lawmakers right to increase school-construction dollars
-- Seattle Times Editorial Board, The Seattle Times

Washington: April 16, 2017 -- SCHOOL officials have been telling the Legislature they need more than teachers to fulfill the stateís commitment to smaller classes and all-day kindergarten for all kids. They also need more classroom space to fulfill the requirements of the Washington Supreme Courtís 2012 McCleary decision. The Legislature seems to be listening to schools on this issue. A bipartisan plan for the state capital budget sets aside $1 billion to build new schools, plus money for preschools, colleges and universities. This positive development shows that lawmakers in both parties and both houses understand the importance of helping more children graduate from high school prepared for college or career. The House and the Senate have passed similar capital budgets but still need to compromise on the details. Top Opinion stories Lawmakers right to increase school-construction dollars | Editorial Greenlight Washington State Convention Center expansion | Op-Ed Can Trump take health care hostage? | Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist Dear reader: Hereís why I canít write soothing words | Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist Reform Western State and community services | Editorial Trumpís new Muslim travel ban has same old problems | Op-Ed The capital budget proposals also include money for community mental health facilities, supportive housing for the chronically mentally ill and renovations at state mental-health facilities. With these capital-budget proposals, the Legislature demonstrates it can budget with the stateís values in mind. More of the same approach in the operations budget for the next two years would be most welcome. The capital budget also shows some fiscal restraint. Although the proposal approved almost unanimously by the House on Wednesday would authorize spending $3.99 billion, about $2.7 billion is reappropriated from previous capital projects. One section of the House version of the capital budget that deserves another look involves money set aside for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. The House budget offers about $12 million less than the Senateís $80 million for acquiring or improving recreation and conservation land. While schools are the stateís No. 1 priority, the Legislature should not forget how much Washingtonís citizens value their public land. The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program has put more than $1.3 billion in public dollars toward 1,200 projects since 1989. The program buys, develops and restores land for animal habitat as well as hiking, hunting, fishing and other recreation. Although the House and Senate versions of the capital budget disagree by millions of dollars in some areas, both houses seem motivated to reach a compromise on this part of the state budget. Lawmakers should be commended for this effort. Now they should apply the same enthusiasm toward reaching a compromise on the operations side of the state biennial budget.

Marty Walsh to Unveil $2B Capitol Plan
-- Dan Atkinson, Boston Herald

Massachusetts: April 13, 2017 -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh will present a more than $2 billion capital plan today, with half the budget going to school building improvements and another $700 million invested in transportation projects.

School board approves Berg construction documents
-- Justin Jagler, Newton Daily News

Iowa: April 12, 2017 -- Construction documents for the new Berg Middle School were approved Monday at the Newton Community School District Board meeting.

Chesapeake City Council approves funding for Hickory Middle School addition, other capital projects
-- Victoria Bourne, The Virginia Pilot

Virginia: April 11, 2017 -- The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a series of requests from the School Board that will provide more money for school capital projects.

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