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Report calls for nearly $80 million in school construction for KCPS
-- Daniel Divilio, Kent County News

Maryland: November 7, 2017 -- ROCK HALL — A draft report outlining the future of Kent County Public Schools' facilities includes a nearly $80 million proposal to relocate middle school students to the district's Worton campus and renovate several other buildings.

Check out Wiseburn’s new, $160 million ‘hyper-adaptable’ high school
-- Megan Barnes, Daily Breeze

California: November 6, 2017 -- After more than two years of construction, an ambition going back decades to create a high school within the boundaries of the Wiseburn Unified School District will become a reality in coming days with the opening of the state-of-the-art, $160 million Wiseburn High School. Last week, administrative staff from Wiseburn Unified and Da Vinci charter schools moved into their new headquarters on the bottom floor the four-story, repurposed office building at 201. N. Douglas St. in east El Segundo. Some 1,350 Da Vinci high school students will settle into modern classrooms Wednesday over three floors in the 210,000-square-foot, futuristic building, where Northrop Grumman once designed fighter jets.

Jennings Creek Elementary, WCPS recognized for efficient energy use
-- Aaron Mudd, Bowling Green Daily News

Kentucky: November 6, 2017 -- When students begin classes at the new Jennings Creek Elementary School next fall, they'll walk into a facility that uses a fraction of the energy of a typical school. On Friday, the school stood as an example for concrete industry representatives who toured the school's construction site to get a better understanding of its use of insulated concrete forms. “It seems like a perfect solution for our schools,” said Greg Mulder of the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

Why do Hamilton County school buildings cost more than Georgia's?
-- David Carroll,

Tennessee: November 6, 2017 -- HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - The Hamilton County School Board recently voted to build two new schools and to renovate several others. The total price tag is approximately $125 million dollars, and the projects are expected to be approved by the Hamilton County Commission this month. This, after much debate in recent years over why Hamilton County school construction costs more than new schools across the state line in Georgia.

Damaged elementary school was built in a flood pool - and Katy school officials didn't know
-- Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle

Texas: November 6, 2017 -- Lance Hindt, superintendent of the Katy Independent School District, was riding in an oversized truck along South Mason Road after Hurricane Harvey when he spotted a huge pool of floodwater that "looked like a lake." The lake engulfed Creech Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhoods. "I was shocked at the damage I was seeing," said Hindt, who grew up in Katy and returned last year to serve as superintendent.

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