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Iowa House approves 20-year extension of school infrastructure tax
-- James Q. Lynch, The Courier

Iowa: February 16, 2018 -- Lawmakers advanced significant pieces of legislation, including a 20-year extension of the 1-cent sales tax for school infrastructure, ahead of today's “funnel” deadline to stay eligible for further debate. The Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) tax is set to expire in 2029. The extension bill was just one piece of legislation prompting House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, to say the six-week-old session is on target.

Bellingham voters were asked to approve a $155 million school bond. Did they say yes?
-- Kie Relyea, The Bellingtham Herald

Washington: February 15, 2018 -- Voters have approved a $155 million bond for the Bellingham School District, according to preliminary election results. “We are so thankful to our voters, and we are excited about what this bond will mean for our students and our community,” district Superintendent Greg Baker said in a statement. “There are so many important projects that will move forward because of our community's support, and all of the new or improved facilities will benefit our students for years to come.”

Coal bust has Wyoming looking locally to fund new schools
-- Mead Gruver, Gillette News Record

Wyoming: February 15, 2018 -- Now that a more than $1 billion school construction boom funded by coal mining has ended, Wyoming voters could soon be asked if they want to go back to using local tax revenue to pay for building schools. The Wyoming Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to begin considering a proposed state constitutional amendment for school construction. The amendment would allow Wyoming districts to pay for new schools with property taxes, something not done after a 2001 court ruling.

Burrell School Renovation Gets Preliminary State Approval
-- Daniel Libon, Forborough Patch

Massachusetts: February 15, 2018 -- The Massachusetts School Building Authority likes what they see when it comes to the Burrell Elementary School renovation. The MSBA approved the preferred schematic design for the school Wednesday, allowing the project to take a step forward. The renovation will be the first significant work on the school since it was built in 1967. When the work is done, the school will have a new full gym that can be an assembly space, breakout space for small rooms, and a new media center, art and music rooms.

Company selected to oversee school construction
-- Lee Zion, Williston Herald

North Dakota: February 15, 2018 -- A company has been chosen to oversee construction for two proposed new elementary schools and the proposed addition to the high school. The board for Williston Public School District No. 1 met Wednesday morning and selected JE Dunn Construction. The company has several offices throughout the United States, including Williston. The very brief meeting — less than five minutes — focused mainly on looking at three construction companies as candidates to oversee construction, followed by a vote to select one of them.

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