ERIC Number: ED231065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Maintenance Gap: Deferred Repair and Renovation in the Nation's Elementary and Secondary Schools. A Joint Report.
Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.; National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.
Data from 100 school systems in 34 states show that public schools are in a state of critical disrepair. The physical deterioration of the schools is the result of a variety of factors--including the rapid increase in energy prices, state tax and expenditure limitation measures, and health and safety requirements--that have reduced spending for maintenance and capital improvements. Participating districts identified 14 major areas in need of immediate repair. The most serious and frequently mentioned (71 percent) involved roof repair and replacement, followed by heating, ventilating, and air conditioning repairs and replacement (27 percent), and interior remodeling and modernization (23 percent). One of the most costly repairs, cited by 19 percent of the responding school districts, concerned boiler repair and replacement. Other important problems involved meeting requirements for the handicapped, new fire and safety codes, and asbestos removal. Separate tables for each district show budget allocations, deferred expenditures, and the top three priorities for maintenance and repair. (MLF)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Capital Outlay (for Fixed Assets), Climate Control, Deferred Maintenance, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equipment Maintenance, Facility Requirements, Interior Space, Roofing, Safety, School District Spending, School Maintenance, Structural Elements (Construction)
Publications, American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.; American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.; National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.