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Stapleton Public Schools board proposes bond issue for addition, remodeling at school | Education

The movement toward the project began in earnest last year, Hora said.

“We looked at the school and the board wanted to narrow it down to what they felt was really needed,” Hora said, “and to do it fiscally responsibly.”

A brochure identifies what the project would address: safety/security, non-code-compliant restrooms, substandard locker rooms, a non-private student health and services area, a congested commons area and aging parts of the building that are no longer adequate.

Gaffney said security to monitor who enters the building is inadequate.

“The camera system doesn’t take a very wide view and there may be more than one person wanting to check in,” Gaffney said. “In visiting with other superintendents, that’s a real safety issue.”

Another issue is the music room, which lacks adequate storage, Hora said. A new music room would be part of the addition on the east side of the building and

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Portland Public Schools asks voters for $1.2 billion to remodel Jefferson High, expand curriculum and tech access: Election 2020 preview

When Portland Public Schools set out to pitch voters on a billion-dollar bond earlier this year, the district was doing so under very different circumstances.

Back in January, nobody in the city had heard the name George Floyd. Oregon wouldn’t see its first coronavirus case for another month. And district officials were considering how best to spend $39 million in new state tax revenue.

Months later, members of the school board’s bond committee wondered aloud whether it was wise to ask voters for hundreds of millions to renovate three high schools as the economy tanked and the district found itself drafting a scaled back budget.

Decision-makers across the state’s largest district ultimately decided to put forth a leaner proposal to rebuild Oregon’s only high school in a historically Black neighborhood, fund support programs for students in the area and pump tens of millions into curriculum, technological investments and accessibility updates

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Fortress UAV Releases New Drone Field Repair Kits for Public Safety and Enterprise Drone Operators

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 5, 2020–

Fortress UAV, the leader in UAS maintenance and deployment services based in Plano, Texas, is now offering a Drone Field Repair Kit to their available products for public purchase (see below for exclusive promo code). The Drone Field Repair Kit will serve as a critical emergency option for drone operators who need a quick fix for maintenance while on-site during a drone mission.

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The Fortress UAV Drone Field Repair Kits are the size of a typical small toolbox and include all the necessary consumable quick-fix parts and accessories to quickly get your drone back in the air. The kits are small enough to be easily transported in a car or SUV to the drone mission site.

Drone Field Repair Kits will be personalized for the

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Reopening Edinburgh’s South Sub railway is top public suggestion for transport improvements

The South Suburban Railway closed to passenger services in 1962

Council chiefs said future development of the line, currently only used for freight trains, was “in the mix” in a national review of transport projects – but they warned the “South Sub” was not necessarily an answer to the Capital’s transport needs.

A consultation on the council’s draft City Mobility Plan asked for people’s views on issues ranging from segregated cycle routes to extending the tram route, but also noted feedback on topics not mentioned in the plan but which members of the public raised. Top of these was reopening the South Sub.

The line, which opened in 1884, connected the city centre with Gorgie, Craiglockhart, South Morningside, Cameron Toll, Craigmillar and Portobello, but closed to passenger services in 1962.

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London’s most magical and eccentric house reopens to the public this week

In the basement kitchen of Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields – which reopens this week – there’s a mummified whippet half stuck into a bread roll. It’s not an insight into the domestic catering arrangements of one of England’s greatest architects. It’s part of a show called ‘Degrees of Truth’ by artist duo Langlands & Bell. Their works are scattered throughout the house, which now has a one-way system in place. The exhibition closed along with the museum back in March. Langlands & Bell found the grisly dried-out pooch on a stall in Brick Lane market and incorporated it into their work. You sort of picture the dog alive and in the house, snoozing in front of the range. Then you realise that this connection is momentary – the dog and the house have interacted for the first and only time in their respective histories.

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Seneca One invites the public to see results of massive renovation project through series of new events

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo’s tallest building is coming back to life. 

There are people living in Seneca One for the first time, and it’s also a growing hub for technology and innovation in downtown Buffalo. Now, members of the public who are interested in seeing the results of Douglas Jemal’s more than $100 million dollar development project at the tower will have the opportunity to check it out, too. 

Seneca One has been hosting small group tours two days a week, which will continue into the fall on Wednesdays and Fridays. They’ve also announced two outdoor ticketed events in October, a dog adoption event on October 10, and a Bills watch party on for the primetime game against Kansas City on Thursday, October 15.

There’s a new food hall on the building’s third-floor lobby, which is open to the public Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, featuring

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Why 45% of NYC Public School Students Stayed Home in Protest

The sign could have been an artifact from a 1960s civil rights protest: Which side are you on? Segregation or Integration??

Instead, that sign was on display last Friday in New York City at a student-led demonstration calling for a more inclusive admissions process at one of the city’s most selective public high schools, Hunter College High School, where about 10% of students are Black and Latino.

Inequality in the U.S. education system is among the countless enduring racial disparities that have been magnified by the coronavirus pandemic and highlighted by the national conversation about race sparked by the death of George Floyd. As more than 1 million New York City public-school students start class remotely on Monday, amid ongoing debate about whether and when the nation’s largest school district will be prepared to open at full capacity, recent polling shows Black and Latino parents are less likely than

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Home-Flipper Opendoor Going Public in Social Capital Merger

(Bloomberg) — Opendoor is going public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. II in a deal that gives the property technology startup an enterprise value of $4.8 billion.

The deal will provide as much as $1 billion in cash, including up to $414 million held by Social Capital II, the blank-check company led by Chairman Chamath Palihapitiya, according to a statement on Tuesday that confirmed earlier reporting from Bloomberg.

Social Capital’s shares surged as much as 22% to $15.98 in New York.

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Opendoor is the latest startup to go public through a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. The investment vehicles have gained popularity this year, offering a faster route for companies seeking to go public without the scrutiny or risks of an initial public offering.

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Home Buyer Opendoor Is Going Public In $4.8 Billion Merger

Opendoor, an online platform that lets homeowners quickly sell their houses, announced on Tuesday that it will go public through a merger with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings II, a shell company helmed by Chamath Palihapitiya, a venture capitalist and early Facebook executive.

The deal values Opendoor at an enterprise value of $4.8 billion, and will generate up to $1 billion in cash proceeds, the company says. Palihapitiya himself is putting $100 million into the business.

“We founded Opendoor to make it simple and instant to buy and sell a home,” Opendoor’s founder and CEO, Eric Wu, said in a statement. “This is one of many milestones towards our mission.”

Founded in 2014, Opendoor is the dominant player in the “iBuying” space, a term for start-ups that let homeowners rapidly

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