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With only $14 million in hand, Richmond school leaders aren't sure how to start building a better district
-- K. Burnell Evans, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia: July 23, 2017 -- A fresh crop of Richmond School Board members has inherited old problems, but whether they can be the group to correct them remains unclear. Discussions about shuttering George Mason — openly labeled by school officials as the worst building in the district's portfolio — stoked both optimism and cynicism as the board prepares to confront the same obstacles that hobbled its predecessors. Chief among them: The money isn't there — at least not now. The district has only $14 million in capital funds reserved for planning and executing an overhaul that will likely include new construction. That number is unlikely to change significantly until at least 2023, when city officials hope to pay off some debt and take on more.


Proposed new school site in downtown Jeffersonville concerns judge
-- Erin Walden, News and Tribune.com

Indiana: July 11, 2017 -- JEFFERSONVILLE — As Greater Clark County Schools begins its hunt for a downtown Jeffersonville location for a new elementary school, some community members are voicing concerns over one site that has been named as a contender. The lot on the corner of Meigs and Court avenues, where the gymnasium of the original Jeffersonville High School stands, has been suggested by Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore and named as a serious option to be considered by GCCS Superintendent Andrew Melin.


Greenwich Public Schools Facilities head moves on
-- Emilie Munson, Greenwich Time

Connecticut: July 10, 2017 -- GREENWICH — Greenwich Public School's Director of Facilities Ronald Matten has accepted a position as executive director of Facilities for Hunter College in New York, the district announced Monday.


Week Ahead: School Board to Review Potomac School Construction Plan
-- Bethesda Magazine

Maryland: July 10, 2017 -- The Montgomery County Board of Education will review Superintendent Jack Smith's proposal to relocate students from Potomac Elementary School (PES) to a holding school while PES is renovated in 2018-2019. Smith noted in a memo to the board that the Radnor Holding Center in Bethesda, about 6.9 miles from Potomac Elementary, would be the best relocation spot. Some parents have opposed this plan, arguing that students should be able to remain at the Potomac school site while the renovation takes place.


Portage plans $10.5 million renovations to high school
-- Joyce Russell, NWI Times.com

Indiana: July 10, 2017 -- PORTAGE — The western most portion of Portage High School West will undergo a $10.5 million renovation. And, it won't cost taxpayers an additional dime. "Not a lot of school systems can pull this off," said School Board President Andy Maletta. He praised former superintendents Mike Berta, E. Ric Frataccia and Richard Weigel, along with current superintendent Amanda Alaniz and the district's financial team for being able to save money for the project.

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