Tag : School Planning

Planning Resources for K-12 Schools

By T. R. Dunlap Nobody should underestimate the importance of careful planning when schools engage in any operation or initiative. While many of us are eager to take an idea and run with it, the academic literature and case studies frequently remind us that planning cannot be ignored.  The research has…

A Good Source of Funds for School Renovations: QZAB

By Art Stellar, Ph.D. Many school districts have deteriorating school buildings. Most have unmet needs for major renovations and repairs. The reason these situations are left unaddressed is lack of funds. Regular operating budgets have little in preventive maintenance or repair accounts except for the gravest occurrences. Capital budgets pay…

The Smart School Siting Tool User Guide

Environmental Protection Agency (2015) School locations and community development are inextricably linked. School locations affect community land use patterns and infrastructure needs. Local land use, the location and capacity of road and utility networks, and community investments in economic development, housing, and other social programs affect school surroundings and learning…

Planning for 21st Century Learning Spaces

T. R. Dunlap Conversations on the development of 21st century learning spaces highlight the important role of planning in creating environments that maximize student learning. School systems across our nation routinely develop multiple types of plans—strategic plans, site-based plans, school improvement plans, capital improvement plans, and short-term planning initiatives. Planning is…

Best Available Refuge Area Checklist

FEMA developed the Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) Checklist for the first edition of FEMA P-361 to use in assessing a building’s susceptibility to damage from extreme-wind events such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The checklist evaluation process guides registered design professionals (architects and engineers) in identifying potential refuge areas at…

Financing Healthy School Environments

EPA, 2016. Numerous sources of funding are available to create and support healthy, productive school environments for students and staff. The links on this page describe how to find a variety of funding sources, including grants, tax credits, loans and others. View webpage.

Link Between School Building Conditions and the Achievement Gap

By Angel Ford School facility conditions are tied to student attitudes, behaviors, and success, therefore little argument can be raised that school facility upkeep and construction should be a consideration in educational planning and funding decisions. Students in buildings in poor condition perform lower than students in buildings in adequate…

Defining Capacity

DeJong & Craig How many students can a building accommodate?  This question often arises, and in the development of a facility plan, it can be one of he most debated issues.  The answer to this question can impact the need for constructing new buildings as well as additions and can…