Facilities & Security

3 ways to get even more done when managing K12 facilities

School facility upgrades can close about 10% of the achievement gap between high- and low-wealth school districts, while also increasing property values for the surrounding communities.

Many school buildings are more outdated than their computers

We're not going to string you along with a lot of build-up here (pun intended): The average age of schools in the U.S. is nearly 50 and more than a third of the buildings were built before 1970.

School nutrition: Why some worry it’s at a “perilous juncture”

A range of financial, logistical and regulatory challenges have the potential to disrupt school meal service as pandemic relief funding expires and stricter standards arrive, advocates say. 

See which districts will share $1 billion in new clean school bus funding

Thousands of new clean, green and electric buses will soon be carrying kids to school thanks to a $1 billion boost in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

How one superintendent strives to keep his rural schools relevant

Bermudian Springs School District has completed one big project—a new middle school—and several more, including a new curriculum, are underway.

Funding the community’s use of school facilities: A fresh perspective

If community groups aren’t covering the entire cost of their facility use, exactly who makes up the difference? The answer is the school district.

Students wanted a seat at the table to advocate for climate change—and they got it

Three years ago, about 30 students across eight different schools throughout Denver Public Schools went to the board of education to pass a climate change policy. Now, they're receiving national attention for their efforts.

4 signs that your school needs a media center upgrade

Elements like soft and flexible seating can transform a media center into a space that engages the whole school community.

CTO: To make your schools more secure and sustainable, go paperless

"Paper records, stored in one location, in a non-environmentally controlled warehouse, for instance, are much more at risk than digital records secured by digital passwords," K12 technology leader Beverly Miller says.

How connecting with the community helps this district build schools

Leaders at Seguin ISD have convinced voters to approve more than $200 million in construction bonds since 2019. Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez says making—and strengthening—connections with the community has been his Texas district's key to success at the ballot box in 2019, 2022 and 2023.

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