ERIC Number: ED024239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Cracks in the Belfry, A California School Crisis.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of School Planning.
In addition to the usual problems associated with school construction and safety standards experienced by most states, California has the additional one of coping with earthquakes. Older school buildings which may no longer provide a safe or adequate environment for education have become a matter of increasing concern to legislators and responsible citizens. Assembly Bill 450 which was passed in 1967 intends that all structurally deficient pre-1933 school buildings will have been repaired or replaced by 1983. Thus the crisis is one which is taxing the imagination and resources of school officials whose buildings do not comply with the state safety standards. The magnitude of the problem is discussed in terms of dollars and cents. Survey expectations are outlined for those districts that request a safety survey along with recommendations for modernization. The question of rehabilitation versus replacement is presented along with guidelines in terms of a questionnaire for the determination of educational adequacy. In salvaging old schools facility upgrading, suggestions are made that the primary considerations in addition to earthquake safety should be to provide open, flexible spaces where interiors can be readily modified to accommodate many varied teaching-learning activities. (NI)
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of School Planning.