ERIC Number: ED381872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-20
Year-Round Education: Impact on Support Services, Transportation, Operation, Facilities, and Maintenance.
Bradford, James C., Jr.
This paper presents a case for the implementation of year-round education, arguing that education needs to effectively and efficiently utilize school facilities. The paper focuses on the cost of implementing and operating year-round schools--the impact on support services, transportation, facilities, and maintenance. Data are based on a review of several studies across the nation that examined the costs of year-round schooling. Findings indicate that when moving to a multitrack year-round program, the break-even point in cost occurs when a school's enrollment exceeds 16 percent of its stated facility capacity. Students in a school that exceeds 120 percent of its capacity will probably generate both operational and capital savings. A study of six school districts (Coleman and Freebern, 1993) found that when building capacity was up to 110 percent, mobile units were less expensive than the initiation of a multi-track program. Single-track programs appear to offer cost effective opportunities for student promotion, remediation, enrichment, and acceleration. It is argued that year-round education schedules provide a viable option to school construction that accommodates increasing student enrollments in times of limited financial resources; offers opportunities for increased educational programming; in some cases, reduces student repetition of grades; and reduces facility costs. Contains 12 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and Washington, DC (Arnold, MD, January 1995).