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In 2005 I was hired by SchoolDude as a Client Adviser. Growing up in the tech support and implementation side of the business, I gained a unique appreciation for the challenges and opportunities facing facility operations professionals at schools. In 2009 the Dude created a Success Management team, where I was fortunate to lead a small team responsible for engaging clients, assessing their opportunities, and helping to maximize their investment. In 2012 started wearing two big hats - Community Engagement Manager and Chief Data Dude. Today I'm very excited to be managing our Client Support team. My passion lies in leading this team of legendary support professionals, connecting peers in SchoolDude Nation, creating a valuable Community experience, and telling stories with data that inspire success in Facility Operations.
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The demand for community use of schools has never been higher and the impact on resource strapped operations teams continues to stretch thin budgets even thinner. As we hear more and more schools asking, "What are other schools doing to manage facility use?", we decided to refresh the popular community use white paper, for the latest trends and best practices in 2015.
Recovering Costs For the Community Use of Our Schools is a comprehensive view of the state of community use nationwide. The first half of the white paper examines key performance indicators and national benchmarks that puts into perspective what the impact of community use is and what is possible for cost recovery. The second half of the white paper shares best practices from Campus Champions and school leaders that have a proven track record of success.
Noteworthy highlights of the new Community Use white paper include:
- Events/student/year benchmark has a significant variance based on the size of the school. The largest districts (>50K students) have less events/student/year than small schools (<2,500 students). This is particularly important for schools that don't have an event management system and are trying to estimate how many events occur at their institution. (Figure 3)
- A new section articulating the impact of facility use using a cost calculator. SchoolDude estimates the financial impact for the average district is about $70/student/year. (Figure 4)
- The new Public K12 benchmark for cost recovery is $18.68/student/year, with the top 20% invoicing over $27/student/year and top 10% invoicing over $43/student/year. (Figures 5 and 6)
-SchoolDude believes continuous improvement is important. So we highlighted 22 districts with a four year improvement trend. (Figure 9) This spotlight Includes very large districts, like Orange County Public Schools, FL - and very small districts, like Plainville Public Schools, MA. This wide range in enrollment suggests both large and small districts can benefit from a community use policy that has a strong cost recovery process.
As a way to continue the discussion around community use and the findings in this whitepaper, we're hosting a Cost Recovery Virtual Summit on August 26th at 2pm. We're very excited to have four Campus Champions discuss challenges and best practices surrounding Community Use at this event:
To learn more about what your Campus Champion peers are doing, register and save your spot for the event, today!