Student achievement is often purely looked at from the perspective of the strength of the curriculum and the quality of the teachers. However, study after study demonstrates that facilities themselves have a huge impact on student behavior, grades, teacher tenure and even community satisfaction!
Unfortunately, school facilities and building equipment are in dire need of upgrades and repairs.
According to the Center for Green Schools, $542 Billion would be required over the next 10 years to modernize the nation’s K-12 public schools. How does this deferred maintenance affect students?
Community – Aside from building occupants, the physical condition of K-12 facilities can also affect community members. Housing prices change based on the quality and appearance of schools, which can in turn affect a school’s incoming student population, the number of community events held in school facilities, community involvement with school activities, and more. For Superintendents, Business Officers, Principals and other stakeholders, this is a big challenge. With budget cuts across the board, it’s especially difficult to stay on top of deferred maintenance needs.
Hutto ISD in Texas looked to a software system for corrective maintenance and facility scheduling to help bring revenue back to the Operations Department, start new staff programs, and begin tackling its deferred maintenance. How much exactly has Hutto ISD saved?
30 minutes per work order – when the district translates this into saved man hours, they save nearly $50,000 per year
With community use of its facilities and a structured invoicing process through its facility usage solution, the district recoups about $70,000 per year
While Hutto’s Maintenance and Facilities Departments are the daily users of Dude Solutions, the district’s choice solution, its impact has not gone unnoticed by Hutto ISD’s Superintendent. The Superintendent reported noticing:
Higher faculty satisfaction with better work order processes and staff morale programs put in place
Lower operations costs and increased revenue
Community satisfaction with a streamlined way for community groups to schedule and be invoiced for school facility space
Other districts have implemented a preventive maintenance system to help tackle deferred maintenance and proactively maintain their systems and equipment. As a results, districts have extended equipment life, delaying replacement costs while improving the quality of physical facilities such as better regulated temperatures in classrooms.