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Four options presented on South Kingstown school facilities
-- Colin Howarth, The Independent

Rhode Island: January 18, 2018 -- SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Four options regarding the future of the South Kingstown School Department’s facilities were presented to the School Committee Tuesday. Robert Hendriks, managing principal of Educational Legacy Planning, the consulting firm hired to conduct the study, said all the options presented are long-term projects that would take five to six years to implement fully. The options are the result of research conducted by the consultant since the summer, and more than 1,900 local residents have been involved in the process.

Danbury bond sales finance new school construction
-- Maddy McCarty, The Facts

Texas: January 18, 2018 -- DANBURY — Despite the weather, the Danbury ISD school board met Tuesday night and approved the sale of $15 million of debt to the lowest bidder: Bank of America and Merrill Lynch. The interest rate for the debt will be 3.65 percent, a satisfactory low rate the district was able to receive because of its AAA and A plus ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Superintendent Greg Anderson said. The rating is based on how the district handles its finances, along with the economic status of the community. Anderson said the superior ratings are a good sign for Brazoria County. The approval helps the district move forward with building the new elementary school, which is projected to be ready for use by the 2019-20 school year.

East Pennsboro Area School board to discuss future school renovation projects
-- Janel Knight, Abc 27

Pennsylvania: January 18, 2018 -- ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) East Pennsboro Area school board is expected to discuss future school renovation projects that could cost up to $50 million. The board wants to move forward with a plan to renovate all school buildings. It adds classrooms with new technology for students and removes the fifth grade from the middle school which would create two K-5 buildings within the current elementary schools. The board has been talking about the renovation projects since a feasibility study was completed in 2016.

Duval School District To Give $3.8 Million Maintenance Dollars To Charters
-- Lindsey Kilbride, WJCT

Florida: January 17, 2018 -- The Duval County school district will be giving $3.8 million to the county’s charter schools by the end of this month, district staff told board members Tuesday. The revenue-sharing is a new state requirement, coming out of an education law known as House Bill 7069. Florida school districts pay for most building and maintenance projects with local taxes, called capital outlay dollars.

Reed, Murkowski Lead Letter Urging Trump Administration to Bolster Public School Infrastructure
-- US Senate

National: January 17, 2018 -- In an effort to rebuild and modernize public schools, boost student achievement, and grow the nation’s economy, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who both serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, are leading a bipartisan effort to urge President Trump to create a federal-state partnership to invest in the infrastructure of the nation’s public schools. The Senators say public schools are essential to the fabric of our communities and investing in 21st Century schools should be a key piece of a bipartisan infrastructure proposal. In a bipartisan letter sent to the White House today, Reed, Murkowski, and 23 of their Senate colleagues note: “safe, healthy, modern, well-equipped schools are essential for advancing student achievement and for ensuring that the next generation can achieve the American Dream and meet the economic, social, environmental, and global challenges our nation faces.” Reed has introduced the School Building Improvement Act (S. 1674), which would help provide $100 billion in federal grants and school construction bonds over the next decade to help build and renovate schools. By providing states with grants and low-cost bonds to meet their school construction and modernization needs, the bill would help strengthen communities and create an estimated 1.8 million jobs, while also laying the foundation for better schools, smart growth, and a brighter future. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representative by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In their letter to President Trump, the lawmakers state: “the federal government should consider partnering with states on innovative financing mechanisms to help every community ensure their schools are safe, healthy, and modern, particularly in low-income and rural school districts where the need is often most profound. This is the right thing to do for students, educators, and communities. It is also a smart investment, since it will give a needed boost to our economy by creating local jobs in every community across the country. According to a recent economic analysis, every $1 billion dollars invested in construction creates nearly 18,000 jobs. That means, for example, that a federal investment in school infrastructure of $100 billion would yield an estimated 1.8 million jobs.”