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A great question around capital planning was submitted that requires defining and feedback: "I am a resident and involved parent in our local school system which is in the process of contemplating capital improvements for our aging buildings. I'm hoping …

Author: Dave Kornegay
PM is extra credit - how to bring school infrastructure from a failing grade to a passing grade

This past Thursday, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Report Card awarded schools with a D+ , an almost failing grade. The report on education stated that about a quarter of the nation’s schools are in “fair or poor” …

Author: Sam Zippin
RECAP Healthy and Safe Schools: Impact on the Learning Environment

What do school facilities and mission statements have in common? You as maintenance leaders creating optimal learning environments to prepare students to be the next generation of leaders, as Jim Whittaker stated in our recent webinar, Healthy and Safe …

Author: Sam Zippin

It is impossible to find anything in the media currently that isn’t a discussion of the upcoming presidential election. Whether it’s national, state or local elections, at the end of the day, when we think about our education system, the intersection of …

Author: Sam Zippin
Improving School Safety Never Goes Away

Denver Public Schools is preparing to spend millions to install battery operated door locks on every classroom, according to a recent article in The Denver Post . As they go out for bond, Denver Public Schools is just one of the many districts across the …

Author: Sam Zippin
Which has a greater impact on student achievement -school funding or condition of school facilities?

Funding for our nation’s public schools, school facilities' conditions, and academic performance have long been a national discussion. NPR is currently spearheading the national discussion on this very topic in a weekly series over the next month, …

Author: Sam Zippin

Yesterday, Washington D.C.’s Metro System was completely shut down for emergency inspection and repairs after an underground fire earlier this week. While this is a very specific example, it is a symptom of the systemic problem in our “nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” School buildings similarly have infrastructure issues with facilities nearing the end of their life expectancy. Studies show there is a whopping $500 Billion in deferred maintenance in our nation’s schools. Read more about preventive maintenance champions in districts and colleges and how they are tackling their deferred maintenance and preventive maintenance needs in this whitepaper – Deferring Now Costs You Later.

Author: Sam Zippin
Building an Effective Capital Plan
  • 8/10/2015
Building an Effective Capital Plan

Join School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 2PM ET/11am PT for their webinar, Capital Planning: Accountability, Measurability, Forecasting, Facilities, where K-12 and higher education capital planning experts will review key components of a successful capital plan. Expert speakers include Sue Robertson, General Manager of Facility Planning at Houston ISD in Texas, and Steven P. Krakoff, Vice President of Capital Planning and Campus Operations at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Author: Sam Zippin
Deferred Maintenance Taskforce Findings

Leaders from the largest urban districts in the country met in Las Vegas last week to network with peers, discuss the most pressing challenges facilities professionals face, and share best practices at the Council of Great City Schools COO Conference. …

Author: Jed DeGroote

Most school administrators are familiar with the dance of dollars that is balancing budget with maintenance needs. As schools and infrastructure age, the challenge is further complicated by the need for more major equipment updates as well.  …

Author: SchoolDude
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