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.


Ask the Expert (Vacuum Cleaner)

What Are The Advantages Of Switching To Cordless Vacuums?

GWMS classroom

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

A Space to Grow

Preparing students to be independent, self-sufficient

Maintenance & Operations

Managing the Day-to-Day Operations of a Maintenance Department

Things to consider for continued progress and efficiency.

fresh air in the classroom

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

FRESH AIR: The Impact of HVAC Systems on Indoor Air Quality

Expecting children to learn in poorly ventilated classrooms is like requiring them to read blurry textbooks.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

School Construction Continues to Increase

indoor air quality

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Deep Breaths

The EPA says improving indoor air quality can improve the performance of students and teachers.

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Smart Buy

Cooperative purchasing helps K-12 school districts keep the shelves fully stocked while saving money.

Intelligent Buildings

Keeping K-12 Schools in Tiptop Shape

Enhancing k-12 facilities management by leveraging BIM data.



Annual Education Design Showcase

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

A Glimpse of the Future of Educational Facilities

Dover High School

Education Interiors

The interior spaces where students’ high school careers and experiences unfold are of prime importance to those young people, faculty, staff, and administrators. The best such spaces help districts and individual schools express and realize their goals while guiding high school students toward achieving theirs.

Hot Tips (Cooperative Purchasing)

Cooperative Procurement for Public Purchasing

2 theaters

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Pulling Back the Curtain: A Tale of Two Theaters

cleaning schools

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Ways School Administrators Can Keep Students and Staff Healthy this Winter

Why a new type of cleaning and maintenance protocol may be necessary.

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Storm Shelters for Education Facilities

Designers should consider these three things.

Student-Led Innovation

Gresham-Barlow Schools Save Over $1.5 Million Annually

See how this school district went from bleeding energy dollars to saving over $1.5 million a year in cost avoidance, earning an ENERGY STAR rating of 97 and becoming an 11-time Partner of the Year award winner.

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