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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Another calendar year is ending without any clear signs that the financial situation is likely to improve for schools and universities across the nation. Four years into this economic drought, education institutions of all sizes from coast to coast have been forced to close facilities, increase class sizes, eliminate programs, postpone building…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Administration, Administrative Policy, Change Strategies
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
More than 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, but the damage extended far beyond the physical casualties of that horrific day. The shock of the cold-blooded brutality and the devastation that resulted led to a grim realization that everyone was vulnerable to violence and tragedy. Although other…
Descriptors: Terrorism, School Security, Emergency Programs, Violence
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Operating facilities more efficiently is always a worthwhile goal, but when education budgets are shrinking, the quest for efficiency becomes a necessity. In the funding climate that schools and universities find themselves, building managers will be fortunate to hang on to the budget they have, let alone receive the resources they need to address…
Descriptors: School Maintenance, Financial Support, Economic Climate, Climate Control
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
The restroom, and what goes on in there, are subjects that cause many people discomfort or embarrassment. However, washrooms do not always receive the attention they require. Their design may be an afterthought. Cleaning and maintenance schedules may not be sufficient to get rid of grime and unpleasant odors. In schools, where hundreds of students…
Descriptors: Sanitary Facilities, Sanitation, Facilities Management, Maintenance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
In this article, the author discusses how social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become an important tool for schools and universities. Facebook says it has more than 800 million active users worldwide; Twitter says a billion messages--"tweets"--are sent on its site each week. With such a prominent place in today's…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Social Networks, Computer Uses in Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
The promise of sustainably designed school facilities is that they will operate more efficiently and last longer than buildings constructed in more traditional ways. But that promise comes with a big if. The payoff is delivered only if the facility managers operate and maintain the buildings in ways that adhere to sustainable strategies called for…
Descriptors: Maintenance, Educational Facilities, Sustainable Development, Educational Facilities Improvement
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
One doesn't have to search very far to find incidents of life-threatening violence at schools and universities throughout the nation--let alone tragedies away from campuses such as a gunman's January attack outside a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store that left six dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded. These shootings are the…
Descriptors: Violence, Crisis Management, Emergency Programs, Administrative Organization
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 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…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Elementary Schools, Colleges, School Construction
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
One constant found in almost every education facility, in addition to students and teachers, is the school washroom. Every day, millions of students, staff members and visitors use school washrooms and in the process consume millions of gallons of water. For students concerned about conserving resources and for educators committed to teaching…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Sanitary Facilities, Federal Programs, Equipment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Many people view the coming of January 1 each year as an opportunity for a new beginning. The conditions that are facing school and university administrators and educators make it difficult to approach the coming year with optimism. The effects of the recession that crippled state and local budgets have yet to ease, and schools and universities…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Schools, Colleges
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Education officials used to debate whether they could afford to pursue green design and construction. Now the green movement has gained a foothold not just in education, but in society at large, and the prevailing attitude seems to have shifted. Can schools afford "not" to go green? As budgets are slashed repeatedly, education administrators must…
Descriptors: Financial Support, School Buildings, Educational Facilities Design, Energy Conservation
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
The day a school opens its doors for the first time, the flooring will be new and untarnished. When the flooring is in such pristine condition, many flooring materials--carpeting, vinyl, terrazzo, wood or some other surface--will look good. But school and university planners who decide what kind of material covers the floors of their facilities…
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), Educational Facilities, Higher Education, School Buildings
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
When a new school facility opens, most of the staff and students are eager to get inside quickly and check out the new surroundings and all the cool stuff that will make their days of teaching and learning more comfortable and enjoyable. In their excitement, they are unlikely to pay much attention to what every one of them has to pass through to…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Planning, School Safety, Structural Elements (Construction), School Security
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Schools and universities across the United States have been forced to cope with a grim financial situation that has left them without adequate resources. Administrators are cutting programs, reining in salaries and jettisoning employees to keep operating budgets in line. Education institutions also have had to shutter facilities or postpone,…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Educational Finance, School Construction, Educational Facilities Improvement
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Step into a classroom in the 21st century, and the odds are it won't look all that different from one in the 20th century. One decade into the 2000s, many schools and universities have been frustrated in their efforts to upgrade their facilities and resources because of shrinking budgets. But even with the ailing economy, some education…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Facilities, Conservation (Environment)
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