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Renovation at Pella High School Continues With Students Away for Break
-- Andrew Schneider,

Iowa: June 26, 2017 -- Construction at Pella High School is at full steam ahead as students are out for summer break. Superintendent Greg Ebeling says despite overall progress remaining on target for an end-of-August completion, two areas of concern remain in the building.

Mansfield school to welcome butterfly garden next year
-- Rick Foster, The Sun Chronicle

Massachusetts: June 26, 2017 -- MANSFIELD -- Students at the Jordan Jackson Elementary School may be able to grow some flights of fancy in addition to flowers and vegetables in their school garden next year. The school committee has endorsed plans for a 120-square-foot "butterfly garden" near the school's existing garden to be planted with vegetation designed to attract Monarch butterflies. Fifth-grade teachers Lee Tighe and Karen Slarve said the garden, which would be arranged in a crescent shape, would contain milkweed and other plants favored by butterflies.

Altoona Area building project budget outlined
-- Russ O'Reilly, Altoona Mirror

Pennsylvania: June 26, 2017 -- The Altoona Area High School project is to cost $88 million or less by the time itís all done, construction managers hired by the school board stressed in June. But whatís in and not in that figure? That $88 million estimate includes $13 million in soft costs and $75 million for construction. A June presentation from KCBA Architects laid out the costs.

Springfield launches 'summer blitz' of $17.2 million in school building improvements, repairs
-- Peter Goonan, Mass

Massachusetts: June 24, 2017 -- Springfield is using state funds from the Massachusetts School Building Authority as well as city money to tackle a slate of school improvements and repairs this year, primarily during the summer months. MSBA projects totaling $13.7 million primarily involve major work such as new roofs, windows and doors. The projects are 80 percent state funded and 20 percent city funded.

Big summer makeover at Northwest Elementary
-- Jeff Dankert, New Tribune

Illinois: June 24, 2017 -- If you drive by Northwest Elementary School in La Salle, itís clear that something significant is going on there. This week, a pallet of concrete sat near the south entrance. On the east side, a small skid loader was parked in the principalís spot. A major makeover is underway this summer inside the 60-year-old grade school at Malcolm and OíConor avenues. Completion is slated for August before kids return from summer break. Vissering Construction of Streator was awarded the main contract for $832,750. Asbestos-containing pipe insulation and floor tile was removed earlier this summer.