October 2015 School Planning & Management

October 2015

On the Cover

Life Cycle Costs

Education Interiors

Figuring Life Cycle Costs

By Michael Fickes

Buying furniture and equipment for K-12 school districts requires an analyst's mind.


Cooperative Purchasing and Contract Services

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Cooperative Purchasing and Contract Services: Myths Vs. Truths

By Ellen Kollie

There are many misperceptions in the K-12 community regarding cooperative purchasing and contract services. Here, we address some of those misperceptions by discussing the myths and truths of both.


Education Interiors

What's Underfoot Matters

By Scott Berman

Floors can be a standout part of a school's interior and enhance the educational experience.

captivating, stimulating learning environment

Education Interiors

It Makes A Difference

By Scott Berman

Creating a captivating, stimulating learning environment.

Education Interiors

The New Flora Elementary School

By Joel Hackney

A one-of-a-kind, 21st-century learning facility.

Safety Within the Budget

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Safety Within the Budget

By Tom Stafford

Low cost security measures for schools.

Education Interiors

New Technologies In the Classroom

By Scott R. Jordan

It is better to take a whole system approach to allow for standardization of systems and controls.


Emerging Technology

The Technical Nitty-Gritty of 1:1

By Glenn Meeks

Consider the complexity and expenses involved in 1:1.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

A Sad Situation

By Deborah P. Moore

We must be prepared for active shooters on campus.

Trends in Green

Maximizing Value Through LEED Certification

By Rodney Wiford, Cliff Brady

Lessons learned from 50 LEED-certified schools.

A Final Thought

Two Small Districts

By Paul Abramson

A couple of developments that are affecting students and communities.

Fire & Life Safety

Consider New Technology

By Mike Halligan

Changing trends in school life safety methods.

Facility Planning

Up or Out

By John Hill

The data on multi-story vs. single-story schools.


school for the deaf and the blind

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Expanding Views

By Brian T. Calhoun

Building a wide-open student experience at the Colorado school for the deaf and the blind.



Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Daylighting Leads to a More Engaging Environment

Lighting Upgrades

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Conservation and Choice Make Lighting Upgrades Easy


Hot Tips

Wall Coverings

How To Make Walls Safe and Sound

By Amy DeVore

Ask the Expert

What Matters Most When Selecting Furniture For An Active Learning Environment?

By Michael Risdall

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