March 2016 School Planning & Management

March 2016

On the Cover

Cost Containment

Strategies for Cost Containment

By Ellen Kollie

Purchasing experts teach us the difference between cost containment, purchasing, procurement and strategic sourcing — and offer strategies for containing costs.


School Security

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

High-Stakes School Security

By Michael Fickes

Violent incidents in K-12 schools have led security directors to develop more comprehensive programs.

Planning the School Library

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Top 10 Considerations for Planning the School Library of 2070

By Kerrianne Wolf

How to create library space that will be viable well into 2070 and will prepare students for careers in the 22nd century.

roof management

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

The End of Worst First - Roofs in Transition

By Mike Raible, Andrew LaRowe

Just like everything else in education, technology and new methodologies are changing the traditional approach to roof management.

Lighting Design

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

School Lighting Design

By Jim Messner

Systems, sensors and controls that save money.

Special Section

disposal of fluorescent lamp waste

Impact on Learning

Peoria Unified School District

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

Impact on Learning

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

Cleaning for Healthy Schools

Impact on Learning

East Greenwich Public Schools

Healthy Sustainable Classrooms

Impact on Learning

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Discovery Elementary School

Impact on Learning

Arlington County Public Schools

Henry Sibley High School

Impact on Learning

Henry Sibley High School

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy

Impact on Learning

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy


Sustainable Schools

Designing for a Long Life

By Steven Herr, John Gladden

Sustainability, adaptability and consideration of things to come play a key role.

Emerging Technology

Where Is Your District on the Continuum of Learning?

By Glenn Meeks

Creating a vibrant learning culture takes the right tools.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

$5M for 30 seconds — $0 for education

By Deborah P. Moore

A Final Thought

Fixing Education

By Paul Abramson

Two different approaches, one could be effective.


Facility Planning


By Barbara C. Worth

Organization rebrands, but continues its mission of enhancing the educational experience.


STEM and STEAM Makerspace

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

STEM and STEAM Makerspace

By Kerrianne Wolf


Floor Maintenance

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Floor Maintenance Made Easy

library to media center

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Making the move from library to media center


Hot Tips: Floor Construction

Dance Floors vs. Sports Floors

By Christine Ott

Ask the Expert

Indoor Air Quality

By Jeff Dryfhout

Why Does Indoor Air Quality In Schools Matter?


The Impact of Roof Color on Schools' Energy Efficiency

By Craig A. Tyler

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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