ERIC Number: ED365495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
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Nebraska School Facilities: Educational Adequacy of Structures and Their Funding.
Pool, Dennis L.
In 1991, Nebraska school superintendents and building administrators were surveyed about the physical condition of school facilities, their adequacy for instruction, and each district's fiscal capacity to maintain and construct school facilities. Responses were analyzed by five categories: class (size) of school district, quartile of valuation per pupil, population change category on the 1990 county census, time period of facility construction, and instructional type of building (grade range). Overall, 40 percent of administrators felt that their facilities impeded desired changes in instructional programming, and 55 percent of buildings were not completely handicapped accessible. However, there were significant differences among districts by size, fiscal capacity, and recent population change. Small school districts reported higher rates of inadequate buildings, low sinking fund rates, little bond debt, and little confidence that bond issues would be successful. K-12 school buildings were reported only in small districts, usually districts experiencing population decline; most buildings were 40-90 years old and contained uncomfortable and obsolete classrooms. All categories of districts had facility needs--some related to overcrowding, others to deterioration. However, the inequity resulting from dependence on property tax for funding of school facilities construction means that poorer districts do not have the potential to construct or upgrade facilities. Statewide recommendations are outlined. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Educational Adequacy; Nebraska; Small School Districts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Rural and Small School Conference (15th, Manhattan, KS, October 25-26, 1993).