Most school districts around the state are struggling to pay for basic maintenance of their aging schools. Money is so tight that some districts are merely patching old leaking roofs and repairing aging equipment instead of replacing it. The main reason for the capital fund shortage is that the state Legislature reduced a school capital tax for new construction and maintenance by 25 percent. And, at the same time, the state’s Public Education Capital Outlay fund has all but dried up.
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