Does Maintaining Facilities Matter?
Quality learning environments exert a positive influence on students’ educational performance. Research indicates that it's not the age of the building that's important, but that it's a comfortable, well-lit, healthy, learning environment. Decisions about maintenance can be challenging. But deferring routine maintenance on big-ticket items can wind up costing school districts far more down the road than if regularly scheduled maintenance had occurred. Read more . . .
Facility Planning Now Taught at the University Level
The value of a truly relevant Facility Master Plan, and the time it takes to develop and maintain it, have become widely recognized to the point that it is now the subject of university courses. Serving as a model for educational facility planning and management, my book, The Essential Guide to School Facility Planning: Using a Strategic Process to Save Time and Money, was chosen as the exclusive required textbook for a college level School Facility Leadership course. Read more . . .
Thoughts About Rebuilding America's Schools
Among the first questions school board members and administrators often ask regarding aging facilities are: “What will it cost to bring our schools up to date?” and “Should we remodel or demolish and start over?” Perhaps we should be asking instead, "How will we know if we should improve our existing facilities or replace them or neither?" Data that comes from understanding your district's unique demographic situation and your school’s educational specifications.will help answer that question. Read more . . .
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Looking Back in Order to Look Forward
Change is the only constant when it comes to capacity planning. Considering both the history of previous capacity decisions and the implications of new ones will go a long way towards maximizing spending on students in the classroom.This is just one consideration among the many aspects of the complex capital facility planning process and meeting objectives to keep operating costs lower and educational programs optimally funded over the long haul. Read more . . .
Facility Repairs and Improvements - The Long and the Short of It
Quality learning environments have been found to exert a positive influence on students’ educational performance. Research indicates that it is not important if the school building is old or new, but that it provides a comfortable, well-lit, healthy learning environment. So, it is important to take care of existing buildings and make sure the learning environment is optimized. Read more . . .