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SP&M Article Archive

School Planning & Management's vast database of articles is a valuable tool for anyone who plans, designs, equips, maintains and operates pK-12 schools nationwide.  Popular topics include facilities, safety & security, technology, business, finance and the learning environment. Articles are displayed in chronological order, beginning with the most recent.

The President's FY2015 Education Budget

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, President Obama announced his proposed 2015 Fiscal Year Budget. In recent years, the President’s budget has become more of a ritual than a reality. Maybe better described as a White House wish list. Though required by statute, these budgets are usually dead on arrival and until last year, nothing was ever resolved quickly or on time.

school building products and materials

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Pleasing and Green

What's new in building products and materials?

Trends In Green

Initiatives Go From Novel To Norm

How to get on board with improving the health of your school.

Creating Healthy Schools

Creating Healthy Schools

What to do with the growing body of research documenting the benefits of healthy schools.

Maintenance & Operations

The Power of the Partnership

Shared use practices support a growth mantra that active children learn better.

Energy Saving Retrofit

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Energy Saving Retrofit

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Good Schools Affect Everyone

Fire & Life Safety

Repeat Offenses

Ways to keep track of violations and monitor efforts to correct them.

A Final Thought

An Opportunity to be Creative

There are a number of reasons why closing a school may not be the best choice.

School Roofs Aren

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

School Roofs Aren't What They Used To Be

Sustainable, teachable roofs are beginning to replace asphalt and black membrane roofs.

The Wired Classroom

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

The Wired Classroom

Using technology in a way that is advantageous to the students and teachers.

Business Practices

Saving Crucial Education Dollars

A case study in business service consolidation.

Emerging Technology

Charged Up and Ready To Learn

Maintaining connectivity in school buildings requires more than bandwidth. Finding the latest "must-have" technology to engage students may boil down to keeping their batteries charged throughout the day.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Basic approach looks like natural surveillance.

Design For Outdoor Learning

Building Blueprints (Facilities In Focus)

Design For Outdoor Learning

It's not just the playground anymore.