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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
When students, teachers, administrators and others employed in education arrive at work every day on thousands of campuses across the nation, it should come as no surprise that at every step along the way, technology is there to greet them. Technological advancements in education, as well as in facilities operation and management, are not a…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Educators and administrators may differ over what kind of floor surfaces they prefer in their facilities--carpeting or hard flooring. Advocates on each side can make a case for their choices, depending on how a building is being used, the wishes of building occupants, or the budget they have available. However, no matter what kind of flooring a…
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), Sanitation, School Maintenance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Deferred maintenance has been one of the great failings of many of the nation's education institutions, and roofs--out of sight, out of mind--are one of the easiest elements of maintenance to neglect. Of course, as many administrators have learned through the years, the cost of putting off routine inspections and preventive maintenance can be…
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), School Maintenance, Inspection, Energy Conservation
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Each year, the world evolves, but for education institutions, the cyclical nature of the school calendar means administrators come up against the same issues and challenges again and again. In 2008, schools and universities must deal with most of the same facility issues that they have addressed in some fashion before--how to provide safe and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, School Construction
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
After violent episodes too numerous to list and too terrible to forget, schools and universities have been focused for several years on enhancing security in their facilities. Doors are among the most critical points of concern for school personnel responsible for keeping buildings safe. Education institutions want doors that let the right people…
Descriptors: School Security, Structural Elements (Construction), Barriers, Educational Facilities
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
When a problem affects one out of every 13 children, it clearly is an issue that schools must address. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that is the incident rate for asthma among the nation's children. The inflammatory disease causes a person's airways to constrict, leading to wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness…
Descriptors: Diseases, Pollution, Educational Environment, Children
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
The green movement in school design encompasses many techniques to improve the environmental friendliness and energy efficiency of a facility. Some are more complicated than others--probably not many people can explain the intricacies of a geothermal heating system, or the specifics of how solar or wind energy is harnessed. Most people, however,…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Energy Conservation, Lighting, Structural Elements (Construction)
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
The downward enrollment trend shown in this year's "AS&U" 100--a compilation of the nation's 100 largest school districts--is unmistakable. Added together, the 100 largest districts had 10,708,137 students in 2006-2007, compared with 10,763,959 in 2005-2006. Even districts that showed steady growth throughout the 1990s and the early…
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, Public Schools, School Districts, Enrollment Trends
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Every four years, the presidential election campaign unfolds, and the position of the candidates on education is predictable: They are in favor of it. Something else is easy to predict: In every presidential campaign, hot-button issues--some important and some infuriatingly not--suck up most of the oxygen, and the hoped-for focus on education…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Political Campaigns, Elections, Educational Improvement
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
For much of the 20th century, it was the engine that powered one of nation's most massive retail operations. By the beginning of the 21st century, the historic building was no longer needed to supply energy to what remained of the once bustling Sears, Roebuck and Co. campus on the West Side of Chicago. The original purpose of the Power House, as…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Facilities Design, School Administration, High Schools
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Violence and natural catastrophes have made schools and universities more vigilant about protecting students and staff on their campuses. Students and workers also need to get to and from their schools, and once on a campus, they need to get from one facility to another. In this article, the author suggests that administrators must make sure…
Descriptors: Safety, Elementary Secondary Education, Natural Disasters, Technology
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
More and more people are viewing the world through green-tinted glasses, and those ideas about making school and university facilities more environmentally friendly suddenly are appearing to be prudent and responsible. Among the groups that have been advocating for environmentally friendly school design for years are the Collaborative for High…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Elementary Secondary Education, School Construction, Certification
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Schools and universities should have a thorough plan that sets priorities for the most pressing facility renovations. With remedial programs, enrichment offerings, recreational activities and extended-year schedules, many school facilities are no longer dormant in the summer months. The increased year-round use of education facilities benefits…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Scheduling
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
This article discusses education facilities and business in 2007 and beyond. Schools and universities in 2007 are likely to continue to embrace the philosophy of sustainability as they design new facilities, remodel existing space and manage their campus operations. Education funds are subject to year-to-year fluctuations, so budgets are likely to…
Descriptors: Enrollment Trends, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Sustainable Development
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
This article describes how some schools are now spending millions to create recreation spaces with lavish touches that are appealing enough to satisfy existing students and lure potential ones. The recreation centers that colleges and universities are erecting offer students a slice of luxury not seen on campuses just a few years earlier. Several…
Descriptors: Campuses, Recreation, Educational Facilities Improvement, Recreational Facilities
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