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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

School Facilities Board Completes New Construction Cycle

The Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB) completed their FY06 Capital Plan Cycle today with 35 new schools approved at a cost of $438,743,960.
This cycle’s approvals include 26 new elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 8 high schools that are expected to open over the next three years. Additional space was also awarded to 5 districts. When complete, these projects will serve over 33,000 students around the state.
The District receiving the most awards this year was Dysart Unified located in the west valley. Dysart received three elementary schools and one high school. Districts in the Pinal County area also received a number of new schools. Maricopa Unified received two elementary schools and additional high school space; JO Combs Elementary, Coolidge Unified, and Florence Unified Districts all received two schools each; and Casa Grande Elementary and Casa Grande Union High School Districts both received one school.
The Capital Plan Cycle begins in early September when districts submit their requests for new construction. For the next several months, SFB staff analyzes the requests taking into account factors such as current district capacity and projected growth. These approvals will allow the districts to design their schools within the allocated budgets. Upon completion of design, the project will go before the Board again for approval to begin actual construction.
This year’s round of new construction approvals is the second highest in awards since the FY00 cycle, which was at the beginning of the Students FIRST program. In that cycle, 66 projects were awarded at a cost of $594 million.

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