ERIC Number: ED419371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Portable School Buildings: Scourge, Saving Grace, or Just Part of the Solution? EdFact.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
This report explores the current role of portable classrooms in California schools and the options available for their use. It examines how widespread portables are, and estimates that more than 86,500 were in use in 1997-1998, a significant increase over previous years, which is partly attributable to the state's classroom reduction plan in grades K-3. The different types of portables being used vary widely, but all of the models must be approved either by the Department of State Architect (DSA) or built under the regulations of the Department of Housing. The construction process for DSA portables is described, along with the practice called "piggybacking," in which several school districts purchase portables together. Some of the issues related to the use of portables include abuses of DSA regulations, elevated maintenance costs, and proper maintenance. Outlines some considerations of the role that portables should play in the increased need for classroom space. Also presents a chart that compares permanent constructions with portable classrooms. (RJM)
Descriptors: Classrooms, Educational Demand, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Improvement, Mobile Classrooms, Needs Assessment, School Expansion
EdSource, 4151 Middlefield Rd., Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4743.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: S. H. Cowell Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California