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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
When budgets are tight, administrators have to find ways to provide and maintain facilities without draining their budgets. Fortunately, advancements in technology, new ideas in construction and design, and savvy management strategies are available that enable schools and universities to spend their money more wisely and efficiently. Here are 10…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Efficiency, Needs Assessment, School Maintenance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
As energy costs rise and resources dwindle, schools and universities can benefit greatly by taking an environmentally sensitive approach to construction, renovation and maintenance of facilities. Administrators free up needed budget resources by operating facilities more efficiently. Using sustainable-design strategies can set a good example for…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Energy Management, Educational Facilities Improvement, Conservation (Environment)
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
How much does a school cost? It's a straightforward question, but the answer for many education administrators is a frustrating, "It depends." The cost of a school facility surely includes what an education institution pays for the building site, design plans, construction materials, workers who assemble the building, and furniture and equipment…
Descriptors: Construction Materials, School Construction, Educational Finance, Educational Facilities Planning
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
Personal computers (PCs) have transformed the way teachers teach, students learn, and school operations are conducted. However, the addition of PCs is not the only technological advancement that can help education institutions run more productively. The progress that has made computers smaller, faster and cheaper also has led to the availability…
Descriptors: Computers, Technological Advancement, Computer Uses in Education, School Libraries
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
Generations ago, it was common for young students to learn their reading and writing in the same classroom as older siblings studying more advanced lessons. For those people educated in one-room schoolhouses, having separate buildings for elementary school, middle school and high school would have been considered the ultimate in specialized…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Educational Needs, Laboratories, Educational Facilities
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
With energy prices escalating, schools and universities have enormous incentive to control heating and cooling costs. And, as concerns about campus security and student safety continue to be paramount, education administrators have a duty to make sure their facilities are protected from intruders, vandals or other criminals. At the same time,…
Descriptors: School Security, Energy Management, Educational Environment, Lighting
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
For 15 years, schools and universities have been striving to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and make their programs and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. It is not uncommon to see education facilities outfitted with ramps, elevators, special parking spaces, curb cuts, playground equipment, and signage--all…
Descriptors: Signs, Accessibility (for Disabled), Disabilities, Playgrounds
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
In September, Abington High School's Galloping Ghosts took the field for the first time in the new Schwarzman Stadium, and the suburban community north of Philadelphia embraced the high school football experience as if it were a small town in Texas. Crowds have been filling the 3,500 seats regularly. Whether it is a modest facility in a suburban…
Descriptors: Suburban Schools, Educational Finance, Schools, Athletics
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses the financial risks of pursuing class-size reduction, especially as states are struggling to maintain spending levels, and the evidence concerning its benefits. (EV)
Descriptors: Business Cycles, Class Size, Economic Climate, Educational Finance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses the issues colleges and universities face when choosing furniture for residence halls, including aesthetics, durability, student expectations, technology-friendliness, and encouragement of community. (EV)
Descriptors: College Housing, Design Requirements, Dormitories, Furniture
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses why schools and universities must be diligent as they build new facilities to make sure construction sites are not contaminated with toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials. Addresses why schools often inadvertently choose these sites, the drive for national regulation, lessons from a situation in Los Angeles, tips for acquiring…
Descriptors: Child Health, Educational Facilities Planning, Environmental Standards, Hazardous Materials
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses the many factors schools and universities should consider when purchasing furniture, including its impact on the learning environment. (EV)
Descriptors: Classroom Furniture, Furniture Design, Purchasing, Selection
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses the benefits of smaller schools, asserting that students get the personal attention and sense of belonging that discourages them from falling through the cracks and stirring up trouble. (EV)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, School Culture, Small Schools, Student School Relationship
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses key factors to consider when selecting furniture for offices and other administrative areas, including flexibility, ergonomics, aesthetics, and cost. Includes a sidebar on dealing with bulky wiring at computer workstations. (EV)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Furniture, Purchasing, School Personnel
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Reviews trends and developments over 75 years that have shaped today's schools and their educational facilities needs, and speculates on what the future may hold. Includes a timeline of important educational events. (EV)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Educational Trends, Facilities Management, History
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