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May 18, 2010

Closing and/or Consolidating Schools Within a District

The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides numerous resources for school districts facing the prospect of closing and/or consolidating facilities:


One of these resources is a best practices guide from the California Department of Education, which acknowledges:

"The decision to close a school is anguishing. It profoundly affects parents, neighborhoods, communities, district personnel, and, of course, students. It affects relationships, routines, and cherished territorialities. In short, it alters not only district operations but also lives. A decision NOT [emphasis added] to close a school, however, amidst circumstances of declining enrollment and economic necessity, can be imprudent. And while the immediate effects of closing a school may be painful, the long-term effects can be beneficial to everyone."

A link to the best practices guide:


May 31, 2010

Safe School Facilities Checklist

This customizable checklist from the NCEF provides a powerful tool for analyzing your school's safety and security.


How Much Does a School Cost?

One of the most common questions fielded by EDI is, "How much does a school cost?"

The answer is complicated, mainly because little about a proposed school is known when the question is typically asked. What is the site like? How many students will it serve? What are the school district's expectations of durability and energy efficiency?

Usually, the best source for information is an architect who has built a similar facility on a similar site within the last two years or so. If a school district is interested in a more disinterested opinion, the NCEF provides a list of valuable references:


Fun Facts About Schools

This qualifies more as trivia than anything else.... Still interesting, though.


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