ERIC Number: ED390115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The PEB Property Management File. Maintenance.
PEB Exchange, n26 p5-13 Nov 1995
The poor condition of many schools and other educational buildings is giving rise to increasing concern in many countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation. The disparity between concern with deterioration of educational buildings and the failure to fund improvements and/or maintenance is referred to as "the maintenance gap." The main article in this newsletter focuses on school maintenance. Although different levels of maintenance are often the responsibility of different tiers of management, they are interdependent. The article offers reasons for maintaining buildings, describes the scale and nature of the problem, outlines good practices in maintenance management (including 10 steps toward keeping schools in good condition), and highlights new approaches to funding. The 10 steps include the following: (1) Get an accurate estimate of the scale of funds needed; (2) prioritize expenditures; (3) assess the long-term costs of failure to maintain buildings properly in financial and educational terms; (4) procure the commitment of decision makers to the budget and priorities; (5) establish resource-allocation mechanisms that protect funds set aside for maintenance; (6) keep the condition of building stock under regular public review; (7) adhere to planned maintenance schedules; (8) promptly repair damage; (9) give maintenance responsibility to people closest to the building; and (10) involve staff and pupils in its management. (LMI)
Descriptors: Building Plans, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, School Buildings, School Expansion, School Maintenance
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Programme on Educational Building.