Superintendency EL 992
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Avoiding School Facility Issues A Consultant s Guidance to School Superintendents XXXXXXX Instructional Furnishing and Equipment Chapter 7 When selecting furnishing and equipment for a school much time and thought must go into the decisions that need to be made Furnishings ofa building could be considered the most important component for its function Due to the cost associated with furnishings and equipment it is not uncommon for new facilities to be furnished with old items When selecting furniture one needs to consider the needs of the student s it serves Students need to be fitted with the correct size of chairs and table It is important to include staffin the process of selection of materials Time budgeting and bidding are needs that must be addressed prior to purchase of items With the cost of items waiting sometimes can cost a district more than if they would have purchased an item when they first needed it Many of the furnishings and equipment will come out of capital outlay funds Some Speci c Facility Issues Chapter 9 Major facility issues usually include one of the following topics District consolidation School Closure Grade Reconfiguration Modernization verses replacement Maintenance Security and safety Alternative uses for closed school buildings and Iustifying capital improvement projects District consolidation can be a very emotional thing To be able to consolidate it requires tact diplomacy patience compassion and empathy plus a lot of information about population and enrollment trends transportation patterns building operation costs curriculum and activities building adequacy and personnel utilization School closure is yet another difficult issue Not only does this affect the school but the community as a whole It is necessary for public understanding ofvaries sources ofmoney enrollment issues capital outlay needs transportation and operation costs are available for to help avoid controversy Grade reconfiguration can be controversial Parent support is needed especially if there is more than one grade being cut The key component is to provide the public with clear information of the new reconfiguration Modernization verses replacement can be a subject of debate especially if there is a bond referendum Rules and guidelines tend to break down due to the emotional component involved in the political arena It is important to remember that if the school board and the community are not on the same page modernization or replacement will never occur In order to preserve school buildings it is necessary that maintenance of buildings be a key component in the operations ofschool Problems can be lessened with regular maintenance and addressing issue prior to them becoming unable to repair Projecting maintenance costs ahead of time is crucial in keeping costs down Safety and security are a daily thought in schools today Making community members aware of the security measures in place is compulsory Implementing the use ofschool resource officers can aid in safety In older facilities there are many safety issues due to the structures of the buildings With new construction safety and security are at the forefront When looking at alternative uses for closed school buildings the main concern many times is the liability associated with the facility and grounds when someone becomes injured on the property Legal counsel is encouraged to verify property has a clear title When needing to utilize capital outlay projects many times superintendent will bring in a principal to talk with board Many board members see the principals as less political than a superintendent Being prepared with answers to questions people may have about the money to be spent is imperative