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.


safer school dismissal

Safe and Secure Schools

A Safer Dismissal Process, One Pickup at a Time

For one elementary school principal, reorganizing the end of the school day has made life less chaotic for teachers, students, and parents.

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Safe and Secure Schools

It's In The Details

Make sure to check credentials, qualifications of third-party contractors, staff.

outdoor space

From MEH to WOW

Here, the experts to tell us how to make outdoor spaces sizzle.

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Safe and Secure Schools

Buckets of Rocks and Baseball Bats in Schools

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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

The Building Envelope

Envelopes have long since evolved from a means to just keep outside out and inside in. Systems are advancing with, among other things, sophisticated air and vapor barriers, airtight interiors, increasingly efficient windows, and exceedingly insulated roofs.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

School Year Begins!

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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Taming the Great Outdoors

With a little planning, outdoor spaces can be transformed into things of beauty that students want to use.

Safety & Security

Media Driven School Safety

Beware of inaccurate information when creating your plans.



Safe School Buildings

Maintenance & Operations

Safe School Buildings

Hardening school buildings from a maintenance perspective.

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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Sports Facilities: Focusing On Elevating the Fan Experience

Sports facilities in schools and universities are incorporating new design trends to drive more fans from their homes to the stadium. With rapid advances in technology, sports facility designers feel that in stadium venues, technology is reshaping fan experience.

Sustainable Schools

Sustainable Also Means Healthful

Six ways to make your school childsafe.

Business Practices

Budget Flexibility as the Key to Sustainability

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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

A Safer Environment

How to make healthier cleaning work in educational facilities.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

The Condition of Education and the Education Marketplace

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Building Blueprints (Facilities In Focus)

Library Transformations

Make your media center an innovation district

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