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HVAC Strategies for Safeguarding Wellness

Facilities | Adjusting strategies for diluting and filtering air can help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19, while careful scheduling can save the school money. By John Pozzetta, Stone House Group While heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) performance has long been...

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Mission & Motivation: More Than Brick Deep

Facilities | Maintaining not only curb appeal but also sufficient maintenance reserves will ensure our schools’ missions endure for generations to come. Article by Kevin Folsom, Trinity Christian Academy From the May/June 2020 Net Assets magazine Kevin Folsom , Director...

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Should Your School Require Payment and Performance Bonds?

Facilities | Having a payment and performance bond in place can help schools mitigate risk and protect from potential loss. Article by Heather DeBlanc, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore This web-only article is a supplement to “ Foundations for Construction Success ” from the November...

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Southeast Schools Assess Storm Damage

About 80 percent of schools in Houston opened Monday after a two-week delay caused when Hurricane Harvey drenched the region in late August. The 287 schools in the Houston Independent School District saw an estimated $700 million in damage to walls, floors, classroom technologies and other parts...

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Engineers Give Public Schools a D+

Subpar conditions in many U.S. public schools, combined with a poor financial outlook for addressing them, have resulted in a D-plus grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Nationwide school districts spent $49 billion a year from 2011 to 2013 for facilities and capital construction,...

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The Perils of Procrastination in Facilities Management

Facilities | Establishing or reallocating capital funds for PPRRSM is one of the greatest intergenerational gifts an institution can make. Article by Hugh A. Mallon III, Executive Compensation Concepts, and Vanessa Wassenar, Creating Resilient Schools From the May/June 2016 Net...

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The High Price of Neglecting PPRRSM

CEO Notebook | It's widely accepted as best practice for independent schools to maintain three percent of the total cost of replacing the physical plant in a separate budget called PPRRSM (provision for plant replacement, renewal and special maintenance). The topic came up unexpectedly...