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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
The traditional way for parents to determine which public school their children will attend is as simple as looking at a map. But in some cases, what is the right campus from the perspective of school district planners is not the one desired by students or their parents. As school systems have embraced education reforms in recent years, some…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Educational Change, Private Schools, Educational Vouchers
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
Many environmental advocates say education institutions can do a much better job of conserving resources and using energy more efficiently. Before administrators and facility managers can be convinced that better energy management is beneficial, they have to grasp what energy efficiency entails. This article discusses the benefits that schools can…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Energy Management, Educational Facilities Design, Conservation (Environment)
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
Showing up at school is critical to a student's success. Students with prolonged or chronic absences from the classroom are likely to fall behind in their studies, and schools with high absentee rates risk the erosion of badly needed funding. As such, it is vital for school and university learning spaces to be environments that do not jeopardize…
Descriptors: Pollution, Hazardous Materials, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Environment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
Times change, and pollution continues to plague cities, energy prices escalate and average temperatures creep higher, the argument that society cannot afford to squander its limited resources has been embraced by more than just environmental activists. More and more education administrators and architects are among those pushing schools and…
Descriptors: Well Being, Educational Facilities Design, Sustainable Development, School Construction
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
Education administrators do not have to be deeply committed to the ecology movement to see the value of conserving energy and providing more environmentally friendly facilities. Reducing energy costs frees up funds for learning programs. Providing more healthful facilities can help students and teachers ward off illness and disease and perform…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Conservation (Environment)
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
For some administrators and planners, designing and building education facilities may sometimes seem like a circus act--trying to project a persona of competence and confidence while juggling dozens of issues. Meanwhile, the audience--students, staff members and taxpayers--watch and wait with anticipation in hopes of getting what they paid for and…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Educational Environment, Facility Planning, Safety
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
In 2007, schools and universities allocated billions of dollars to build education facilities. Responsible administrators strive to spend those funds wisely, but over the years, educators and community members have not always agreed on what constitutes wise spending. In the Baby Boom years, the accelerating demand for space led many schools and…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Baby Boomers, Social Responsibility, Educational Opportunities
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
A little more than two years ago, Hurricane Katrina set its sights on the New Orleans area, and the storm and flooding that followed killed more than 1,400 Louisiana residents, destroyed billions of dollars of property, and sent more than 1 million people fleeing the storm's devastation. Many of those displaced in the days following the storm were…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Natural Disasters, Public Schools
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
In a residence hall on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, two students had been shot to death. A couple of hours later, the tragedy multiplied by horrific proportions as across campus, 30 students and instructors were gunned down in a classroom building. As the details emerged of the worst shooting incident in U.S. history, educators and…
Descriptors: Violence, Universities, School Safety, Emergency Programs
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
At the Gates Chili High School near Rochester, New York, the cafeteria and kitchen are getting an overdue overhaul. Deep fryers and the fat-soaked foods that come dripping out of them are no longer welcome in the kitchens and dining halls of a growing number of the nation's schools and universities. Likewise, heavily marketed sugary soft drinks…
Descriptors: Obesity, Nutrition Instruction, Lunch Programs, Child Health
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
In recent years, more education administrators and designers have embraced the potential benefits of daylighting. They have been persuaded that using natural light to illuminate facilities enables schools and universities to conserve energy and provide a learning environment in which students perform better. For daylighting advocates, the…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Lighting, Building Design, Energy Conservation
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
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
Many schools and universities thought they were getting a good deal when they were building education facilities in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the K-12 and higher-education spaces constructed to accommodate the millions of baby-boomer students no longer look like the quick-fix bargain they did years ago. Low-quality materials and construction,…
Descriptors: Costs, Life Cycle Costing, Energy, Structural Elements (Construction)
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