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Theodore Kowalski addresses the administrative procedures associated with planning and managing school facilities. As noted at the outset, practitioner interest in school facilities has been growing rapidly in recent years because decades of neglect, poor planning, and cost cutting have created a situation in which large numbers of America's school buildings are in need of major repair or replacement. At the same time, the realization that costs related to repair and replacement have escalated significantly has fueled a new concern among school facility planning and management. Writing for school administrators, superintendents, and board members as well as graduate students in education, Kowalski discusses planning from the perspective of both individual facility projects and more comprehensive district-wide efforts. The responsibilities associated with administering school buildings are also approached from the individual school and district program perspectives.

Following an introductory chapter that sketches the history of school facilities and the evolution of planning, Kowalski examines contemporary issues in school facilities planning and management. The remaining chapters are divided into two groups devoted to planning and the management of existing facilities, respectively. Turning his attention first to planning activities, Kowalski advocates a system-analysis approach that is based upon high levels data integration and used in conjunction with a vision-driven model of goal development. Particular attention is given to the potential participants of planning, alternative planning paradigms, and the potential pitfalls of various approaches. In the section on administering school buildings, an overview chapter is followed by separate treatments of school district maintenance, managing the individual school, and major contemporary problems associated with school facility management. Taken as a whole, Kowalski's work fills a major gap in the field by focusing attention on a key aspect of school administrative responsibility that, until now, has received little attention in the professional literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275932794
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part I Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
1 Importance of School Facilities 3
Evolution of School Facilities 4
Factors Affecting the Size and Design of School Buildings 4
Why Study School Facility Planning and Management? 13
Chapter Summary 15
Issues for Discussion 16
2 Contemporary Issues 19
Current Condition of America's Public Schools 19
Current Climate of Facility Decisions 22
Chapter Summary 32
Issues for Discussion 32
3 Systems Perspective for Defining Adequacy 35
Importance of Adequacy 35
Systems Theory 37
Inputs for Facility Systems Analysis 38
Throughputs for Facility Systems Analysis 46
Outputs for Facility Systems Analysis 51
Chapter Summary 52
Issues for Discussion 53
Part II Determining Needs and Initiating Planning
4 Factors Affecting Facility Needs 57
Demographic Changes 57
School Restructuring 59
Technology 62
Condition of Existing Buildings 63
Chapter Summary 64
Issues for Discussion 65
5 Planning Models 67
Planning Attributes 68
Popular Planning Paradigms 72
Comparing Planning Paradigms 77
Criteria for Planning and Outcomes 79
Chapter Summary 81
Issues for Discussion 81
6 Needs Assessment and Planning Studies 85
Needs and Needs Assessment 85
District Master Plans 88
Focused Planning Studies 90
Chapter Summary 96
Issues for Discussion 96
7 Public Opinion in Facility Planning 99
Polling Options 99
Opinion Polling Decisions 104
Chapter Summary 109
Issues for Discussion 110
Part III Completing a Facility Project
8 Professional Assistance 115
Architects 116
Construction Management 123
Other Professional Services 127
Chapter Summary 131
Issues for Discussion 131
9 Designing and Constructing Buildings 135
Pre-Construction Tasks 135
Tasks During Construction 145
Post-Construction Tasks 146
Chapter Summary 148
Issues for Discussion 149
10 Programs and School Buildings 151
Forces Affecting Public Education and School Buildings 151
Elementary Schools 153
Secondary Schools 160
Estimating Classroom Requirements 169
Chapter Summary 173
Issues for Discussion 174
Part IV Focused Issues
11 Demographic Projections 179
General Population Trends 179
School Enrollment 181
Chapter Summary 187
Issues for Discussion 188
12 Working with Agencies 191
Agencies Involved in School Facility Planning 191
Working with Agencies 197
Chapter Summary 200
Issues for Discussion 200
13 Decisions for Existing Buildings 203
Improvement Decisions 203
Expansion Decisions 207
Alternative Use and Disposal Decisions 211
Chapter Summary 212
Issues for Discussion 213
14 Financing Facility Projects 215
Historical Perspectives 215
Funding Sources 217
Funding Strategies 222
Other Management Responsibilities 227
Chapter Summary 229
Issues for Discussion 229
15 Maintaining School Facilities 233
Maintenance Services 233
Custodial Services 237
Outsourcing Options 240
Principal's Management Responsibilities 241
Chapter Summary 244
Issues for Discussion 245
16 Pervasive Maintenance Concerns 247
Indoor Air-Quality Problems 247
Energy Conservation 250
Roof Maintenance 252
Controlling Vandalism 255
Playground Safety 256
Chapter Summary 258
Issues for Discussion 258
Glossary 261
Author Index 271
Subject Index 275
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