There Are Better Ways. Building Smaller, Safer, Effective and Efficient Public Schools.

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This paper offers unconventional and innovative ideas for school planning and construction in North Carolina that can create smaller and safer community schools in response to rising enrollment, tight budgets, and dwindling school space. Often using examples from across the country, it discusses school construction costs and economy of scale possibilities, explores revising the assumptions about school space, examines private ownership and outsourcing ownership and management, and reviews using schools in the workplace. Also addressed are the information age's influence on providing traditional education without the need for free-standing, publicly owned and maintained buildings; and fundraising by selling naming rights to sports facilities. Attached is a North Carolina case study of Wake County's approach to building smaller, more efficient public schools. (Contains 47 references.)
Haynes, Doug; Hood, John
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