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ERIC Number: ED512699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
Closing a School Building: A Systematic Approach
McMilin, Edward
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
According to an American Association of School Administrators survey, 6 percent of school districts closed or consolidated schools during the 2008-2009 school year, double the rate of the previous year. Another 11 percent are considering school closings or consolidations in 2010-2011. In the 1980's, declining enrollments were the main reason for closing schools. Today, along with the enrollment trends and economic forces, the issue of school choice is a significant factor in some sections of the nation creating the need to close schools. Parents today have a greater array of options with charter school, voucher, and open enrollment programs. The impact of these programs is especially evident in the Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minnesota closures. In Detroit, over 40,000 students attend schools outside the public schools. Charter schools and open enrollment were cited as reasons for closing schools in Minnesota districts. The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), however, provide the best example of the impact of these programs, as described in this report. Closing a school is one of the most difficult and emotionally charged experiences for school district personnel and school communities. Because the school is seen as an important asset in a neighborhood, the closing of that asset is seen as a devaluation of the community. In many cases, rancor persists well after the closing, and many times the residents leave the district because they feel that the district has abandoned them. Closing a school is not a single process. It consists of four distinct processes--described in this paper: (1) Decision to close; (2) Closing the building; (3) Maintaining the building; and (4) Disposition of the building. An example of a checklist from Milwaukee Public Schools and a sample log sheet for maintenance, testing and inspection log--hot water heating boilers are appended. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Minnesota; Wisconsin