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  •  so, it's not just here (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, AmericanRiverCanyon

    We cannot merely take over warehouses and storefronts and the like and expect that we can convert these into satisfactory environments for learning.

    Ah, I thought this particular insanity only affected my county's school board.

    The board bought two shuttered K-Mart stores with the idea of turning them into high schools.  I remember one of the facilities people on teevee practically jiggling with delight at how cheap and flexible the space would be.  Well, aside from the fact that most commercial buildings around here are cheapjack tilt-up steel construction which are horribly energy-wasteful, and don't meet hurricane codes, the remodeling costs ended up being double the estimates.  There's also the idiocy of taking two large, prime commercial parcels permanently off the tax roll.

    Just out my office window is the new school board building.  They bought an abandoned "outlet mall," and are demonstrating the classical definition of insanity by trodding the path of the two K-Mart schools.  It's also grotesquely oversized for the size of the board staff, so unless large sections are going to be walled off, every school board flunkie is probably going to have five or six times the space of the typical student.

    Even the built-to-order schools have all the architectural charm of a livestock shed.  In order to save dough, the superintendant has decided to inflict this design on all future junior high students.

    •  Funny You Say That (3+ / 0-)

      A comment related to me, made by a school board member in a neighboring district: "We'd put 'em in chicken coops with windows if we could." At least he mentioned the windows.

    •  RE Energy Wasteful ... (0+ / 0-)

      Schools -- at all levels and in most US communities -- are frequently among the least energy efficient structures in a community.

      Think about

      • all the single-pane glass windows ... that are frequently open in many rooms in winter as the heating is imbalance.  
      • The asphalt rooftops that eat up the heat brought down into the single/two-floor structure ...

      Etc ...

      On cost-effective terms, the United States could do portions of the required infrastructure improvements.  Making the buildings more energy efficient would help in making them more comfortable.  Thinking about the price of running (owning) the buildings would foster building and renovating them better.

      Energy is typically the #2 cost for school systems, I believe, after salaries (sometimes #3 after infrastructure/equipment purposes).  

      In Energize America 2020, we included a federal program for assisting local communities do bonds for energy efficiency and renewable energy -- school buildings should be a prime target.

      Not only for the dollar savings, not only for the reduced pollution, but also for the eductional value of showing tomorrow's leaders the importance of thinking about energy implications in our lives.

      The Energy Conversation: Learn - Connect - Share - Participate: For a new dialogue on Energy issues.

      by A Siegel on Mon Dec 04, 2006 at 01:18:03 PM PST

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