September 2017 School Planning & Management

September 2017

On the Cover

interior design for schools

Design Does Matter

By Jim French

Are your students engaged and excited about learning? Lecture versus hands-on exercises. Static desks versus swivel chairs and Hokkie Stools. Industrial Age versus 21st Century design. What does your high school look like? And how engaged are your students?


campus fence

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Removing Barriers

By Andrew LaRowe, Mike Raible

As years go by, school campuses can become tangled with fencing which no longer serves its original purpose. Improve the appearance of school grounds by removing outdated, unnecessary barriers.

Internet of Things

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

The Internet of Things (IoT): The Art of the Possible

By Ellen Kollie

Education professionals predict that, in five years, the majority of schools will have incorporated IoT into core functional areas. What is IoT, and how does it and will it relate to our educational facilities?


Fire & Life Safety

Energy Storage and Fire Safety

By Mike Halligan

Be aware of the codes and standards concerning battery and energy storage.

Sustainable Schools

More Than a Luxury

By Douglas Lafever

Four reasons to verify your energy savings.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Facilities Do Matter

(Have you heard that before?)

By Jerry Enderle

Safety & Security

Active Shooter Training

By Michael S. Dorn

Does your options-based approach meet standards of care?

Operation Leadership

Maintenance & Operations

Excellence in Operation, Leadership

By John A. Bailey

Having a strong vision for the new school year.

School Construction

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Solving Construction and Operating Problems With BIM

By Michael Fickes

Building Information Modeling can help manage building construction, operations and maintenance.


Tech Friendly Interiors

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Tech-Friendly Learning Hub

By Scott Leopold

District transforms traditional school library into media center and internet café.



Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Bringing 21st-Century Furniture into the Classroom

Witchita Public Schools

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Next-Generation Learning Spaces Prepare Students


Hot Tips (Variable Refrigerant Flow)

VRF Has Many Advantages

By Kevin Miskewicz

Ask the Expert (Response Plans)

What Is the Difference Between Emergency Response and Pre-Incident Plan?

By Len Karson

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