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More school construction funds sought in Baltimore County
-- Adam May,

Maryland: May 25, 2017 -- Baltimore County parents converged on the school board Wednesday demanding more money for school construction. The county has drastically increased school construction funding the last few years, but many at the school board meeting said it is not enough, because of previous neglect. Among those upset are parents of students at Towson High School, who showed photos of mold and standing water inside the school. Parents came to the school board asking for money to start planning for a new building or massive renovation by the year 2022. “We've got to make an investment and we have to do it now,” Towson high parent Gretchen Maneval said. But Towson High is not part of the county's 10-year $1.3 billion Schools for the Future plan, which is currently funding construction of 16 new schools, 12 additions and seven major renovations. “It doesn't make sense,” Maneval said. “When you look at the county's own assessment, Towson has the third worst building condition of all 23 high schools, and there's not even planning dollars allocated to it.” School board members are considering requesting changes to Schools for the Future in the 2019 budget. “I think we need to revise the plan,” school board member Julie Henn said.” I think serious needs have been overlooked for a long time, both with facilities maintenance and overcrowding.” The plan does call for renovations at Dulaney High School, but parents said it is not enough and they want a new building, instead. “The school is approaching 60 years,” Dulaney High parent Jennifer Tarr said. “It has not been updated. You cannot fix something that has not been touched for many, many years. It's wasted money. (It's) a patch.” The proposed county budget for next year spends 60 percent on education. A vote on that budget is set for Thursday.

MUSD: $92.6M Maintenance Backlog
-- Dennis Wyatt, The Manteca Bulletin

California: May 25, 2017 -- School's almost out for the summer. That means it is time for Manteca Unified School District to continue chipping away at a backlog of $92.6 million in major and deferred maintenance. That is in addition to more than $500 million in modernization needs such as being partially addressed by Measure G and the $159 million it is providing to upgrade campuses and enhance school safety.

School garden at HISD campus provides students with culinary love
-- Chip Brewster,

Texas: May 24, 2017 -- The cultivated classroom at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center is not some cute name for the school's garden. Getting down in the dirt is part of the school curriculum.

New bill may help renovate Danville, Pittsylvania County schools
-- Trevor Metcalfe, Go Dan

Virginia: May 24, 2017 -- A new piece of federal legislation could help Danville and Pittsylvania County Schools fund renovations on aging and historic school buildings. U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner introduced the School Infrastructure Modernization Act earlier this week. The bill aims to encourage private and public investment in historic school renovations by amending the federal rehabilitation tax credit to apply to school buildings.

Sewage backs up into cafeteria at Capitol Hill Montessori
-- Alejandra Matos, Washington Post

District of Columbia: May 24, 2017 -- A backed-up pipe caused raw sewage to seep into the cafeteria of Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan Education Campus on Tuesday, raising concerns from parents who say the building is in great need of repairs.

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