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September 3, 2009

Maintenance & Operations

Some ideas to improve maintenance and operational efficiencies from the August 2009 edition of School Planning & Management:


Schools as the Community Face

A school building can have a very positive (or equally negative) impact on the perceptions of a community. According to the Mississippi School Design Guidelines (MSDG):

As the most expensive and prominent public building in most small towns or city neighborhoods, the school must communicate its role in the community.... A part of the responsibility in the design of a school building is to be a positive and prominent symbol in the community.

A link to the applicable MSDG section:


September 18, 2009

Community Designed Schools

Many school districts approach construction projects from the top down. The school district and project architects meet, a design is developed, and the design is presented to the community.

While this process is relatively simple for those involved, the project team runs the risk of alienating those outside the process and missing the potential wisdom, experience, and expertise of the larger community.

The MSDG discusses the concept of Community Designed Schools. This process, while potentially messier, is also potentially valuable, not just for selling a bond issue to a community, but also for designing a better school.

A link to the appropriate section of the MSDG:


"Combi" Oven/Steamers

In an attempt to serve their children healthier meals, many school districts are discarding their fryers and switching to combination (combi) oven/steamers. The Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools has some valuable information for districts considering this change:


Sustainable Schools Program

The Mississippi Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is hosting a Sustainable Schools Program from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, in Jackson. The speakers have been told to keep it brief, and the food is free.... How much more inviting can an event be?

Go to the Mississippi Chapter website for more information:


September 25, 2009

More Federal Money for Schools?

An update from Architectural Record:


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