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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
It might be tempting for education administrators, saddled with an accumulation of budget cuts and dwindling resources, to keep their heads down and concern themselves with only the immediate future as they try to overcome a host of obstacles and provide a high-quality education to students. But schools and universities have to pay attention not…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
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, 2010
When schools and universities look at saving energy in their facilities, they are likely to review the efficiency of their heating and cooling systems, or the quality of their building envelopes. When facility managers focus attention on school bathrooms, they are more likely to consider issues such as cleanliness and safety as more critical than…
Descriptors: Sanitary Facilities, Educational Facilities Improvement, Water, Energy Conservation
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2010
Stimulus funds unquestionably have helped many schools keep going through tough times, but for many institutions, the tough times aren't going away anytime soon. That is why, a little more than a year after Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and began allocating billions of dollars in aid across the nation, the so-called…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Government
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
Lured by the recognition that comes with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, many schools and universities have become aware of that certification process. But for years, the involvement was limited to a few trendsetters; according to the Green Building Council's database, only about…
Descriptors: Campuses, Educational Facilities Design, Community Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
Tax bases eroding. Jobs disappearing. Endowments shrinking. Aid evaporating. That's been the story in 2009 for many schools and universities across the nation. Education institutions have had to cope with the worst economic conditions in generations. Yet the product they provide has never been more critical to a society looking to rebound from…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Quality
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
When Fayette County (Kentucky) school officials began putting together estimates for upcoming renovation projects at two elementary schools, they based their projections on their district construction projects from 2007. But by February, when construction bids were opened for the renovations of Cassidy and Russell Cave elementary schools, the…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Educational Finance, Costs, Educational Facilities
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
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
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
With classroom Internet access nearly universal in public schools and computers ubiquitous on every school and university campus, classroom furnishings have evolved to accommodate the machines so students can take full advantage of the technology. The desks, tables and other furniture that a school chooses for its computers will depend on the…
Descriptors: Computers, Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Centers
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
In 1986, the Indianapolis and Gwinnett County (Georgia) school districts sat side by side on the list of the 100 largest school districts, each with slightly less than 51,000 students. But the districts were headed in opposite directions. By 2005, enrollment in Indianapolis declined by about 25 percent to 38,142, falling from the 63rd-largest to…
Descriptors: Baby Boomers, School Districts, Enrollment Trends, School District Size
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
Backed with political and financial capital, advocates of change push to improve America's education system. For most people, the purpose of education is self-improvement--becoming better informed, more knowledgeable, better equipped to solve problems, more able to earn a living and prosper. The more effectively an education system delivers on…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Role of Education, Educational Principles, Educational Improvement
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