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.


hazard assessments

Maintenance & Operations

Organizational Management for Safe Working Conditions in Schools

Hazard assessments and lock-out/tag-out procedures in all school buildings are essential.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Summer Learning Opportunities

adaptive reuse

Adaptive Reuse

An alternative to new construction, renovation.

Resimericial Design

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Resimercial Design

Creating learning environments that positively impact students.

Emerging Technology

BYOD is Bombing

Some things to examine if the district is considering this route.

Ask the Expert (Battery-Powered Equipment)

What Advances Have Impacted Battery-Powered Cleaning Equipment?

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Looking to the Future



integration

Facility Planning

Integration by Compaction and Subtraction

Fostering blended work-sharing environments in next-generation schools

squash court

Building Blueprints (Facilities In Focus)

A New Challenge

Building school squash courts requires planning outside of the box.

Ask the Expert (Gunshot Sensors)

What Does It Take To Add Gunshot Detection Services To Your Facility?

deferred maintenance

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Who's on First? Prioritizing Deferred Maintenance Projects

With limited resources in school districts burdened with leaky roofs and worn out heating equipment, how can facility managers prioritize?

outdoor classroom

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Classrooms in the Great Outdoors

After years inside classrooms, educators are rediscovering the learning benefits provided by the great outdoors. There are outdoor educational opportunities in engineering, math, science—all of the basic subjects.

school access control

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

School Access Control

Even the most thoughtfully designed and perfectly installed access control strategies can often easily be compromised by staff who do not do their part to support them. While staff development is called for, making access control a reality in deed as well as word is must be a leadership priority.

sustainable interior design

Sustainable Interior Design

In recent years, more research has come to light in support of the impact that facility design has on student performance. These studies reveal clear evidence that the physical characteristics of a classroom impact learning, and furthermore, that a link exists between well-designed school facilities and increased academic achievement.

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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