May 2015 School Planning & Management

May 2015

On the Cover

Designing Early Learning Classrooms

Designing Early Learning Classrooms

By Ellen Kollie

Early learning experts offer insights for classroom design, illustrated by an Illinois-based example.


mass notification system

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Managing Mass Notification

By Michael Fickes

In an emergency, a well-managed mass notification system can help keep students and faculty safe.

Dining Commons

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Dining Commons

By Matt Porta

Strategic design solutions for multi-use spaces.

Understanding technology, controls and systems integration

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

Where's the Owner's Manual?

By Andrew LaRowe, Mike Raible

Understanding technology, controls and systems integration


Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Acoustics Alert

By Michael Fickes

Raise your hand if you can't hear me.

school energy savings

Maintaining Buildings & Grounds

I x T = S + E

By Tom Stafford

Leaders in the field point to key elements in a formula for school energy savings.

Maintaining Buildings & Grounds

Sustainable School Safety Compliance

By Joshua Reiss, Steve Waldmann


Maintenance & Operations

Membership in an Organization is Beneficial

By John A. Bailey

Attaining excellence in education through professional facility management.

A Final Thought

Based on the Data

By Paul Abramson

Figures about new schools and where those figures come from.

Fire & Life Safety

Planning With Purpose

By Mike Halligan

Have you got your peeps ready for emergency evacuation?

Editor's Note

Unsung Heroes

By Deborah P. Moore

Doing their best with less and less.

Business Practices

Uh-Oh What Should We Do?

By Dave LeClair

Can you ace the disaster recovery test?

Maryland HighPerformance Building

Trends in Green

Drawing a Green Line in Maryland

By Joel Gallihue

Learning environments that build a greener future.


Emergency Response App

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Emergency Response App Enhances District Safety

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Metal Roofing - a Durable and Sustainable Option


Designing Early Learning Classrooms

Time to Make Some Facility Changes

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

An Emergency App

School Gains Efficiencies with Central Online Calendar

How did a central online event calendar with event publisher make a big difference for Spartanburg Community College? Check out their success story to see how they benefit from a centralized event calendar, how it has given them a new way to market events and more.

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