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Construction To Begin On $100M Weaver High School Renovation In Hartford
-- Vanessa de la Torre, Hartford Courant

Connecticut: June 28, 2017 -- Construction is set to begin next month on the $100 million renovation of Weaver High School, a long-awaited project in north Hartford that alumni and neighborhood leaders have pushed as a resurgence of the school's deep traditions. About $16 million has already been spent on design, demolition and other work in the first phase of an overhaul that will eventually feature three school academies in a four-story, 900-student Weaver campus, said Sal Salafia of ARCADIS/O&G, which administers Hartford's school construction program.


Emotions run high as IPS prepares to name 3 high schools for closure on Wednesday
-- Arika Herron, Indy Star

Indiana: June 27, 2017 -- About 50 protesters gathered outside Indianapolis Public Schools headquarters Tuesday night ahead of the expected announcement of which three high schools will be recommended for closure next year. Commuters driving north toward home from Downtown on Delaware Street pumped their horns, honking at the signs lining the street. Behind them, protesters with a portable speaker system led the group in chants.


School Board Approves 60 Percent Design Plans for Elementary School Projects
-- Geoff Rushton, State College.com

Pennsylvania: June 27, 2017 -- The State College Area School Board on Monday approved the 60 percent design plans for renovations and new construction at three of the district's elementary schools. The vote comes four months after the board approved the 30 percent plans for major renovations and additions at Corl Street and Houserville elementary schools, and the construction of a new school for Houserville Elementary, which will merge with Lemont Elementary to form a single K-5 school. The board voted in November to move forward with updates for each of the schools, which have not had major renovations since the 1960s.


Delayed middle school construction won’t affect start of classes
-- Erin Weeks, Independent Tribune

North Carolina: June 27, 2017 -- Rain delays and road improvements have pushed back the completion date on the new Kannapolis Middle School, but classrooms will be done in time to open in the fall. The Kannapolis Board of Education approved a set of change orders at a Monday, June 26, meeting that would add about $71,000 to the budget and 34 days to the project. The new building will house sixth grade on the current middle school campus. “That's going well; as well as can be expected right now,” Will Crabtree, director of business operations, said of construction progress. “We're going to have to see in the end.”


Show Low Unified School District seeks $10 million bond
-- Michael Johnson, White Mountain Independent

Arizona: June 27, 2017 -- SHOW LOW — The Show Low Unified School District hopes a $10 million bond initiative it plans for November will help it address some capital needs issues. SLUSD is asking residents to approve the bond measure so it can improve student safety and security, renovate buildings and school grounds, increase instructional technology and replace the district's aging bus fleet. According to a December 2016 Independent article, nearly a quarter of the district's bus fleet failed inspections from 2013-15.

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