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Decision on high schools’ field overhaul next month
-- Jason Campbell, Manteca Bulletin

California: January 22, 2018 -- The big decision about whether Manteca Unified will go ahead with all-weather tracks and a new Bermuda-hybrid style grass playing surface at each of its high schools will have to wait until next month. During the discussion last week about the district's new athletic use and facility handbook, the Board of Education requested that the district come back next month with concrete numbers for two of the first major athletics-related projects that were included in the handbook that was approved – replacing the fields at both Weston Ranch and Sierra High School with a Bermuda-hybrid style of grass and potentially overhauling the existing track at both sites.

Champion students get to learn school construction process
-- Bob Coupland, Tribune Chronicle

Ohio: January 22, 2018 -- Getting to jump on topsoil and compacted clay was just one way Champion Central Elementary School students recently learned of the process to build a new school.

With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down
-- Lisa Rathke, McClatchy

Vermont: January 21, 2018 -- ROCHESTER, VT. With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly online classes or studying alone. She misses her friends and her classes. She also worries about where she will attend school next year, now that her remote valley town has voted to close the combined middle and high school. And she worries about how she will get to another school, maybe having to travel over a mountain on roads that can be dicey in winter.

Flawed process yields Cedar Rapids school plan with positives
-- The Gazette

Iowa: January 21, 2018 -- Over the years, The Gazette's editorial board generally has been supportive of local school districts' efforts to provide new and improved facilities. We've seen these projects as links in a generational chain of commitment to public education. Aging buildings now in need of replacement or updates were built by past generations willing to invest in a better future. Now, we're stepping up.

Osseo spends $70,000 to clean school after health complaints
-- Faiza Mahamud, Star Tribune

Minnesota: January 21, 2018 -- Concerns about unexplained illnesses in a special-needs school building have led the Osseo Area Schools to spend more than $73,000 to test for mold and study the air quality, heating and air conditioning, among other things. Since September, staff members and students have reported symptoms such as burning in the throat and eyes, fast heartbeat, dizziness and numbness in the face.

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