December 2013 School Planning & Management

December 2013

On the Cover

School Funding

Finding Money

By Ellen Kollie

Know where to find and how to secure funding beyond what the federal government and state provides.


Fire & Life Safety

Cooking Exhaust Systems

A lesson learned from a close call.

By Mike Halligan

A lesson learned from a close call. Recently, a fire sprinkler activated on a food service line. There was a review of what caused the sprinkler to activate. It was not due to a fire or a problem with the sprinkler head, but due to misplaced equipment under the hood.

Coloring the Classroom

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Coloring the Classroom

The forgotten component of the educational experience.

Project-Based Learning

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Project-Based Learning

By James T. Biehle

Creating learning spaces for a stem environment.

Safe School Checklist

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Safe School Checklist

By Tod Schneider

Round one: Checklists. Round two: Scenarios

Energy Management

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Energy Management

By Scott Berman

Chipping away at energy costs.


Business Practices

Avoiding Risky Business

Sound business practices are based on forethought and research.

By Richard Weeks

Trends in Green

Renewable Cleaning

Creating sustainable maintenance operations in schools.

By Ruben Rives

A Final Thought

Number 300

And there is enough for another 300.

By Paul Abramson

ER Ratios

Facility Planning

Built to Last

ER ratios per student affect viability.


Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Change Can be Good

Looking back to prepare for the future.

By Deborah P. Moore


Bundled Energy Solutions

Facilities (Energy Managment)

Bundled Energy Solutions

District saves more than $300,000


Energy Savings Made Easy

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Energy Savings Made Easy

Green Energy

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Setting the Bar High for Green Energy

Technology Planning and Management

Emerging Technologies

Time to Improve

Please come to the principal's office!

By Andrew LaRowe, Mike Raible

Tech Upgrade (Real-World Solutions)

Traverse City Schools Ensure Student and Staff Safety

In the Know (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

Getting Rid Of More Paper

New strategies designed to help K-12 schools eliminate more paper.

By Michael Fickes

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