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News items come from the U.S. Department of Educations's National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF).

Facilities committee reports to school board
-- Lake Mills Leader

Wisconsin: November 30, 2017 -- On Nov. 20, the LMASD (Lake Mills Area School District) Facilities Committee provided an update on long-range district-wide facilities master plan to the full school board. The focus was creating a plan of action to address the most immediate needs in the district identified through the facilities assessment and enrollment projection studies. In 2015, the district worked with Eppstein Uhen Architects to conduct a comprehensive facilities assessment. The facilities assessment analyzed the condition of the High School, including infrastructure and educational adequacy, for the purposes of creating a long-range master plan with a phased approach.

All schools getting state construction funds should serve in emergencies, Florida lawmaker says
-- Jeffrey Solochek,

Florida: November 30, 2017 -- Why weren't charter schools used as evacuation shelters during Hurricane Irma? It's a question that resonated in the storm's aftermath, as district schools across Florida remained closed to end shelter operations and clean up before welcoming students back to classes.

Smithville trustees to nail down renovations to existing facilities
-- Fran Hunter, Austin American-Statesman

Texas: November 29, 2017 -- With plans for the new junior high and athletic facility in progress, Smithville school board members decided this month to begin discussions on the third project of the $35 million bond – $5.5 million in renovations on Main Campus, for the elementary and existing junior high.

Grand Forks School Board analyzes district's master facilities plan
-- Pamela Knudson, Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota: November 28, 2017 -- At a work session Monday, the Grand Forks School Board took an in-depth look at what could lie ahead for the district's 18 buildings, including the possibility of closing some schools, building new ones, and adding onto or repurposing others. The board has hired JLG Architects of Grand Forks to develop a master facilities plan to help guide decision-making on where to invest resources in the next five to 15 years, with an eye toward maximizing educational and operational efficiencies.

Brick work at Plymouth school lead district’s capital outlay requests
-- Rich Harbert, Wicked Local Plymouth

Massachusetts: November 28, 2017 -- The brickwork at Nathaniel Morton Elementary School, the old high school on Lincoln Street, is in serious need of repair and will be the school district’s main maintenance project in the coming rush for capital outlay funding for fiscal 2019.

Engineering report: $5.5 million in upgrades needed at Rutherford College Elementary School
-- Justin Epley, The News Herald

North Carolina: November 28, 2017 -- Once more, the Burke County Board of Education has found itself with a decision to make on an aging school building. Cort Architectural Group, SKA Consulting Engineers and McKim & Creed recently performed a thorough evaluation of Rutherford College Elementary School and found a number of building code and Americans with Disabilities Act issues with the building. The suggested cost for renovations in the areas of issue totals more than $5.5 million, though Doug Setzer, the director of the auxiliary services department for Burke County Public Schools, cautioned that total might be conservative since no contingency costs are included in the estimate.

Greenwich schools unveil $20.85 million capital budget
-- Emilie Munson, Greenwich Time

Connecticut: November 28, 2017 -- GREENWICH — Greenwich Public School officials this week unveiled a proposed $20,850,500 capital improvement budget for 2018-19, about $5.5 million more than the capital budget for the current year. Some big-ticket items in the plan include $5 million for installing turf fields and lights at Central Middle School, $1.2 million for renovating the Greenwich High School locker rooms and $1.4 million for leasing technology hardware.

Vermilion districts promoting 1-cent tax for school facilities
-- Noelle McGee, The News-Gazette

Illinois: November 28, 2017 -- Salt Fork schools Superintendent Phil Cox is pleased that the first phase of a roof-replacement project at the South Campus elementary and junior high school in Jamaica is wrapping up. But there's still a long list of looming capital improvement projects: Phase 2 of the roof work, expanding the North Campus elementary's parking lot and improving drainage, replacing old windows at the North Campus and addressing old boilers at the South Campus and high school — and little or no capital to do them.

Monticello schools propose $29.8 million dollar renovation
-- Meredith Juliet,

Illinois: November 28, 2017 -- MONTICELLO, Ill. (WAND): The Monticello School District is hoping the third time's a charm. The district is preparing a new renovation plan after voters failed to pass the first two. Monticello Superintendent Vic Zimmerman says school facilities desperately need an update. "We spent the last 16 months or so going over different remodeling plans," Zimmerman says, "and, you know, trying to look at what were the reasons the voters were not in favor of either of the last two referendums." He says that answer is two fold.

Renovation project starts to take shape at Elkhorn Valley School
-- Erin Bell, Norfolk Daily News

Nebraska: November 27, 2017 -- TILDEN — Renovations at Elkhorn Valley School here are moving steadily along. Some exterior work still needs to be completed and windows need to be installed, but interior work has started on the addition south of the building that houses kindergarten through sixth-grade students. This addition will be the new grades 7-12 facility, with the current facilities for those grades being outdated — they were completed in 1913 and 1922. Superintendent Keith Leckron said safety was an issue with the current facilities, as was space.

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