May 2016 School Planning & Management

May 2016

On the Cover

Education interiors

Details Matter

By Scott Berman

Education interiors make a big difference.


class presentation tools

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

Teachnology Tools

By Mike Raible

New technology seems to be constantly moving the goalposts for best in class presentation tools.

audio enhancement systems

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Did You Hear Me?

By Andrew LaRowe

Using audio enhancement systems in the classroom.

Intelligent Buildings

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Intelligent Buildings

By Leroy Walden

Integrated BAS Technology Enables Schools to Improve Energy Efficiency.

Special Section

Education Executive's Update

Legal Issues To Consider Before Your Next Fundraiser

By Brett Geier

Education Executive's Update

American Schools Tested by Gender Neutrality

By Katie Anderson, Amanda Costello


Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Rough Waters Ahead

By Deborah P. Moore

Safety & Security

The Best Decision

By Michael Dorn

Addressing anonymous threats of school violence.

Mining Bees

Maintenance & Operations

Managing and Understanding Mining Bees

By John A. Bailey

Pollinating bees on school grounds pose little threat but can be intimidating.

Fire & Life Safety

Gaining Popularity

By Mike Halligan

Performance-based solutions for life safety.

School Gardens

Sustainable Schools

School Gardens

By Margie Saidel

Inspiring the next generation to lead healthier lives.


Sustainable Athletic and Wellness Center

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Sustainable Athletic and Wellness Center

By Julie Nelson

Supporting excellence of spirit, mind and body.


safe school network

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Safer Networks, Safer Schools

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Easier Safety Logging for Michigan Schools


Hot Tips: Acoustics

Controlling Noise In Classrooms

By Sean Browne

Hear Clearly

I Can Hear Clearly Now

Ask the Expert: Floor Maintenance

Does Using An Orbital Scrubber Make A Difference?

By Scott Keller

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