Financing Capital Improvements in 2001 and Beyond

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Demographic changes between elementary, secondary, and college populations call for a different philosophical approach to methods of financing educational capital improvements. Demographic changes will not be uniform in their geographical occurrences and state data may mask significant changes in specific school districts thus complicating the task of making productive recommendations by school districts, educators and facility planners. Complicating the matter further, the increasing minority population, the fastest growing segment in our schools currently, will have a greater socio-economic range than at present thus making assumptions of specific special needs very difficult to make. Baby boomers provide a large mature work force; young entrants to work force will be fewer. The mature, employed citizenry must see school facilities planning as an investment in the future (a fact of life not recognized uniformly in the past and more complicated in the future).
Ward, James Gordon
Educational Facility Planner
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