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Feb.21, 2012 | A Publication of American School & University

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What's News


Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) district tries again on bond proposal

  • Voters in the Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) School District will decide in May whether to support a $59 million bond proposal that would enable the system to consolidate its two high schools, The Detroit Free Press reports. Read more
  • Faced with a growing budget deficit, the Olean City (N.Y.) school board has voted to close all four of its elementary school campuses, The Olean Times-Herald reports. Read more
  • The New Jersey Schools Development Authority will put more than $675 million into major construction projects at 20 schools in some of the state's poorest districts, newjerseynewsroom.com reports. Read more
  • Officials from 37 public colleges and universities in Ohio have collaborated on a $400 million construction wish list for their campuses, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Read more
  • Enrollment in the Washington, D.C., public schools is more than 2,000 students less than what district officials projected in their budget, The Washington Post reports. Read more
  • After being asked to accept a longer work day, teachers in Chicago Public Schools are seeking a 30 percent pay increase over two years, The Chicago Tribune reports. Read more
  • The Sacramento (Calif.) City Unified School Board has voted to close one elementary school, but it also decided to spare another elementary that had been targeted for closure, The Sacramento Bee reports. Read more
  • By the end of 2011, Pennsylvania State University had spent nearly $3.2 million in connection with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. Read more
  • A judge, concluding that a New York City teacher who lost her job in 2008 was subjected to "abuse, harassment, discrimination and disciplinary action," has ordered the city to reinstate her, The Staten Island Advance reports. Read more
  • The former chief business officer in the Lynwood (Calif.) Unified School District has been charged with embezzling more than $700,000 in school funds, The Los Angeles Times reports. Read more


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    Stats Corner


    Illinois school construction

    Source: The Springfield State Journal-Register

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    2012 Educational Interiors Showcase Call For Entries

    American School & University is now accepting entries for the 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase. Enter today for the chance to include your outstanding school or university project in the August 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase issue. Entry forms due March 7. Submission binders due April 13. Download the Call For Entries today.

    New bonus this year: Choose two or more pages for your project and receive a FREE print-ready PDF of your layout. Contact Molly Roudebush for more information about the 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase.


    Construction Corner


    Athletic field planned for Boston University

  • Boston University plans to build a 110,000-square-foot athletic and recreational field in the city's Allston neighborhood, The Boston Globe says. Read more
  • Niles North High School in Skokie, Ill., plans to break ground this spring on a $12 million aquatics center, The Morton Grove Patch says. Read more


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    AS&U Resources


    Now online from American School & University:

    Ensuring a supportive acoustic environment is vital for any critical listening space. The classroom serves as the acoustic venue for primary and secondary education. It must enhance and project a teacher's voice, have a subdued level of reverberation or late-arriving echoes, and prevent the intrusion of unwanted sound...

    Read the entire article, "Classroom Acoustics."

    ALSO:
    The outlook for schools and universities is about the same as it has been for a few years. A slow, uncertain economic recovery has improved finances in some parts of the country, but for others, further cuts may be needed. But in any case, education administrators have to be optimistic what they may be able to accomplish and be prepared for what might turn out to be a grim reality...

    Read the entire article,"Outlook 2012."

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    Coming events:

  • Feb. 22-24: National Roofing Contractors Association, International Roofing Expo, Orlando, Fla.
  • Feb. 29-March 2: National Association of Independent Schools, Annual Conference, Seattle
  • March 5-7: Consortium for School Networking, Conference 2012, "Reimagine Learning," Washington, D.C.
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