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ERIC Number: EJ935430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-1
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
School Construction Trends
Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v83 n9 p16-23 May 2011
Schools are facing a new reality in planning and funding facility projects. When there are fewer students filling classroom seats and there is less money to address the space needs in areas where there is enrollment growth, the inevitable conclusion is that an education institution pursuing construction and renovation projects will have a tough go of it. From a national perspective, that's the situation for most schools and universities. Although some areas of the nation continue to see steady enrollment growth, the general trend for enrollment in elementary and secondary schools is one of a much slower pace of growth in student numbers and, in some areas, population declines. In higher education, some institutions have capped or reduced enrollment because of budget reductions. Education administrators that move forward in this economic climate with construction and renovation plans are likely to confront tight budgets, dwindling resources and a community unwilling to make facility upgrades a priority. Despite the many obstacles that can thwart facility improvement plans, many schools and universities across the nation have found various ways to acquire the needed funding and keep their projects on track--through bond elections, state assistance, grants, donations and student fees.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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