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Districts plan to provide tax relief, school improvements
-- Carol Roehm, Commercial News

Illinois: March 4, 2018 -- DANVILLE – School district officials from around the area say the county school facility tax would provide a reliable source of revenue to keep school facilities up-to-date as well as provide property tax relief. “The couple groups I’ve talked to, they’ve understood,” Oakwood Superintendent Gary Lewis said. “They understand we can’t keep relying on the state for funding.” Westville Superintendent Seth Miller said his school board has prioritized how it would use the extra revenue from the 1 percent sales tax.

Progress continuing on new school complex
-- Dylan McKenzie, The Times Leader

Ohio: March 4, 2018 -- CADIZ — As the school year goes on, residents and students in Harrison County are looking toward the future as the new Harrison Hills City School District school complex continues to take shape. The school district has been working to help make the brand new, state-of-the-art complex a reality. The building will consolidate the facilities in the district, including the elementary, middle, and high schools. It will have classrooms for students from preschool up to 12th grade, providing students and their teachers with the latest technology to help with the learning process.

Urbana schools puts finances online as its builds $65M new schools
-- Parker Perry, Springfield News-Sun

Ohio: March 3, 2018 -- Urbana City School leaders will put the district’s finances on Ohio’s online checkbook as its new $65 million buildings are getting closer to opening. The move is to create a more accessible district, Superintendent Charles Thiel said. “It an avenue of transparency with the community,” he said. The Ohio Online Checkbook is a website run by the Ohio Treasurer’s Office that allows users to search public agencies’ financial records, according to the website. The Urbana City School information is currently available at

School Board Hears Facilities Updaten Roof Repairs Needed Districtwide
-- E Missourian

Missouri: March 3, 2018 -- The Washington School Board listened to a facilities update at its meeting Wednesday. The district’s facilities committee, which includes board members, maintenance and grounds staff, and administrators, had met earlier to discuss the report. The update included promised bond issue projects that have been completed, and other planned, but minor capital repairs and equipment that were completed as part of the annual capital projects budget for this fiscal year.

Permits issued for new Linwood Elementary School
-- Nicholas Deshais, The Spokesman-Review

Washington: March 3, 2018 -- The $24 million replacement of Linwood Elementary School just north of Spokane city limits was issued its first commercial building permits by the county. The construction of the new 76,000-square-foot building at, 906 W. Weile Road is financed by a 2014 bond measure that was supported by nearly 70 percent of voters. Linwood opened in 1957 and currently serves about 500 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The new structure will increase capacity to 625 and will be built while the existing facility remains in operation. Work is expected to be completed by August 2019.