December 2016 School Planning & Management

December 2016

On the Cover

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Energy Savings: Insights and Innovation

By Jason Mellard, Nathan Hart

As U.S. schools continue to face increasing budget pressures, implementing strategies for energy savings can have a significant positive impact on the bottom line for school districts.


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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Managing Moisture

By Dale Smythe

Building schools in Alaska has is own set of challenges.

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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Five Ways to Kickstart Your School's Cleanliness

By Bill Balek

Routine cleaning measures can significantly reduce overall facility costs.

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Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

School Security Technology Has Learned a Lot

By Michael Fickes

From cameras to personal emergency communications devices, today's school security technology is better than ever.

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Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Germs on Campus: And What to Do About Them

By Allen P. Rathey


Business Practices

Strategic Diagnostics

By Karin M. Smith

Adding data mining and analytics to your tool box.

21st century education redesign display

Facility Planning

SchoolsNEXT Puts Students at the Center of STEM Learning

By Victoria Bergsagel

What greater "grand challenge" is there than to ask students to design compelling and sustainable schools?

A Final Thought

Follow the Money

By Paul Abramson

My concerns about funding charter schools with tax dollars.

teacher holding large fish

Sustainable Schools


By Nancy Fitzpatrick

Importance of local and sustainable seafood is part of curriculum in Oregon.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

2017 Brings Change Nationally and at SP&M

By Deborah P. Moore


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Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Reimagine Your Media Center

By Greg Monberg, Charli Johnsos

How dream work makes the team work in your media center.


school hallways

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

School District Makes Paper A Thing of the Past

empty classroom

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Energy Efficiency for a Living Building


Ask the Expert (Flooring Maintenance)

What Additional Flooring Costs Should Be Considered?

By Bob Bethel

Hot Tips (Rubber Flooring)

Simplify Maintenance with Rubber Flooring

By Tasha Hughes

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