ERIC Number: ED449651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Community Guide to Saving Older Schools.
This booklet takes a critical look at some of the assumptions that "newer is better" when it comes to school buildings and considers what is actually lost each time an older neighborhood school is razed or retired. The following six assumptions are examined relative to their accuracy in the real world: 1) that "old" means out of dated or obsolete; 2) that in the long run it is a better investment of funds to construct a new building than to renovate an older one; 3) that older school buildings fail to meet national guidelines for school facilities; 4) that older school buildings have numerous practical drawbacks that cannot be realistically overcome; 5) that a new school will be a source of pride and affirmation for students and teachers; and 6) that a new school building will be an asset to its community and region. Decision making to close a school and getting the community involved prior to that decision are discussed. Several success stories involving school preservation are provided as is a list of national, state, and local organizations for more information. (GR)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Closing, School Community Relationship, School Construction
National Trust Historical Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 202-588-6296.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.