ERIC Number: ED469327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
A Feasibility Study for Model School Design Plans. Report of the Department of Education to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. Senate Document.
Virginia Senate Joint Resolution No. 400 requested the Department of Education (DOE) to study the feasibility of the commonwealth providing model school design plans for elementary, middle, and high schools. The resolution further requested input from school divisions and other interested persons. As a result of this request, a sample of school division superintendents, educational facility planners employed by school divisions, architects, and engineers were surveyed relative to their positions on the feasibility of providing such plans.The survey asked about the feasibility of providing such plans, whether or not the commonwealth should do it, and the possibility such plans might have for providing economies for school divisions. In addition, the respondents were asked about the impact model plans might have on community involvement in the planning process. The use of prototype school building plans also was investigated. The results of the survey indicated that there was not a clear picture on the use of model school plans. The superintendents and educational planners believed such plans might be feasible and useful, but the architects and engineers thought differently. The majority of all group respondents believed model school plans developed by the state would not fit the educational needs of a school division. Further, there was some concern that if such plans were used, community involvement in the planning process might be limited. (Appendices contain school divisions surveyed, survey instruments, comments, DOE facilities cost data, recommended prototypical space programs, and Resolution No. 400.) (EV)
Descriptors: Building Plans, Construction Costs, Design Requirements, Educational Facilities Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Feasibility Studies, School Buildings, State Standards
Full text: http://legis.state.va.us/.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State General Assembly, Richmond. Senate.; Virginia State Governor's Office, Richmond.
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers: Model Schools; Virginia