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ERIC Number: ED468619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 133
Abstractor: N/A
Lessons Learned from Recently Opened High Schools: A Study of Process and Outcomes.
Withycombe, Richard
This case study of six newly-opened high schools explored: (1) What steps were taken to involve district staff members and community representatives in educational-specifications and design-development work? How effective did these steps prove to be? What impact did this involvement appear to have on the emergent and completed high school project? (2) What goals were established for the project? What specific school features and building elements were created in response to project goals? How were these decisions made? By whom? (3) How did value-engineering activities influence the eventual design of the project? Were design modifications made? What impacts were observed? (4) During construction, how did school district personnel align themselves with the project? Was a planning principal selected? Was a project-management service employed? How were facility-related concerns addressed over the duration of the project? How were educationally related concerns addressed over the same time frame? (5) Prior to the actual opening of school, what steps were taken to ensure the school's successful opening? What impact did these steps appear to have? How were responsibilities assigned and coordinated? (6) In the first six months after the school's opening, what did staff members and students "discover" about the new school? How were these discoveries made? and (7) During the new high school's first and second years of operation, how did staff members respond to the features of the school? To what degree were design visions and corresponding project goals realized in final construction? What lessons did staff members learn as they sought to effectively utilize the school's physical potential? What unanticipated consequences, if any, emerged from these efforts? The six schools studied were: Colville High School in Colville School District, Washington; Kamiak High School in Mukilteo School District, Washington; River Ridge/New Century High School in North Thurston School District, Washington; Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in Surrey School District, British Columbia; Westview High School in Beaverton School District, Oregon; and Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley School District, British Columbia. (Appendices contain documents from the six high schools). (EV)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, Scottsdale, AZ.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Additional support from the Chas Beresford Company and Collins & Aikman Corporation.