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ERIC Number: ED112521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-23
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
The Environmental Impact of School Closures.
Andrews, Richard L.; And Others
Officials representing 60 school districts contributed information to this assessment of the experiences of school districts that have closed elementary schools in the past few years. The data collected were examined and assessed according to five major topics: (1) criteria used for school closure decisions, (2) optimum elementary school size and methods of determining building capacity, (3) amount of cost savings resulting from closure of elementary schools, (4) disposition of buildings that had been closed, and (5) impact of elementary school closures on surrounding neighborhoods. The three criteria cited most often as reasons for closing schools were declining enrollments, age of building, and desegregation efforts. Closure is a simple solution to the problem of excess space, but it is also a source of other problems, problems far more intricate and complex and much more difficult and costly to solve. Once an elementary school is closed, the environmental forces of out-migration, population decline, and neighborhood deterioration are set in motion. Numerous charts and a review of the literature on optimum school size are included. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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