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A Prism Business Media Property March 6, 2007 | Vol. VI No. 45
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What's News
Stats Corner
Construction Corner
Bonds & Levies
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What's News

Deadly tornado devastates Alabama high school

  • Eight students who took shelter in the hallway of an Alabama high school were killed when a tornado ripped the roof off the school and trapped the victims in rubble, The Birmingham News reports. Click here to read more.
  • Six people were killed when a bus carrying the baseball team from Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, plunged off an elevated exit ramp on Interstate 75 in Atlanta. Twenty-nine others were injured, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says. A federal investigator says that the driver of the bus did not intend to exit on Northside Drive off I-75. Left-lane exit designs are found on several roadways in metro Atlanta, but they are rare in the rest of  the country. Click here to read more.
  • The Detroit school system may keep open about a dozen of the 52 buildings originally slated for closure by summer 2008, The Detroit News reports. Click here to read more. Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Detroit may announce this month another round of Catholic school closings, The Detroit News reports. Click here to read more.
  • The Houston school district is planning to spend millions of dollars to boost security and crime prevention on its campuses, The Houston Chronicle reports. Click here to read more.
  • Want more of the latest news in education? Click here.

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    Stats Corner

    Clean restrooms

  • 92: Percentage of public school principals in 2005 who said the cleanliness and maintenance of student restrooms were satisfactory or very satisfactory.
  • 87: Percentage of principals in 2005 at public schools with 75 percent or more students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch who said the cleanliness and maintenance of student restrooms were satisfactory or very satisfactory.
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics, "Public School Principals Report on Their School Facilities: Fall 2005"

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    Have You Entered Your Projects in the 2007 Educational Interiors Showcase?

    There is still time to enter American School & University's 17th annual competition honoring education interiors excellence. With AS&U's Educational Interiors Showcase, you gain more national exposure for you and your project. Don't miss this chance to be featured in the August 2007 issue of American School & University and on AS&U's newly remodeled Web site.

    Click here to e-mail Molly Roudebush or call her at (913) 967-1959. Or click here for more information about the Educational Interiors Showcase.


    Roomy locker rooms

    Last week, we asked whether students need larger lockers. Here is some of your feedback:
    • "Our district's high school lockers were designed in the 1930s and are way too small," say an administrator from Ohio. "However, space often is not available, nor is money, for the larger lockers that today's children need."
    • Click here to see more reader feedback

    This week, some lawmakers in Maryland want to require that elementary schools provide students with 150 minutes a week of physical education. Would you be in favor of such legislation?

    A. Yes. Schools need to do more to encourage students to exercise and pursue more healthful activities.
    B. No. Many schools do not have the gymnasium space and scheduling flexibility to reach such a goal.
    C. Other.

    What do you think?

    E-mail your answer and any other comments HERE and we'll publish them in next week's Schoolhouse Beat.

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    School of the Future Symposium Featured at TechEd

    An in-depth panel discussion of the School of the Future will be a featured part of TechEd 2007 in Ontario, Southern California. Panelists include Casey Green, The Campus Computing Project & Roz Chivis, Philadelphia School District, among others... MORE

    Register for TechEd 2007 online at

    Construction Corner

    Indiana district plans new elementary school

  • The Westfield Washington (Ind.) School District is building an elementary school that will open in 2009, The Noblesville Daily Times says. Click here to read more.
  • The University of New Mexico has broken ground on a $6.4 million indoor practice facility, The Albuquerque Tribune says. Click here to read more.
  • The Dallastown Area (Pa.) School District is planning to build an intermediate school for grades 4 to 6, The York Dispatch says. Click here to read more.
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    Bonds & Levies

    Michigan districts find voters reluctant to approve bonds

  • Voters in the Plymouth-Canton (Mich.) school district have rejected a $62.1 million school bond. The Detroit News says the money would have enabled the district to build a new middle school, among other projects. Click here for more details on this and other bond election results from Michigan.
  • The El Paso (Texas) school board has called for a $230 million bond election on May 12, The El Paso Times says. Click here for more details.
  • School officials in Durham, N.C., will ask county commissioners to put a nearly $200 million bond issue on the ballot this fall, The Raleigh News & Observer says. Click here for more details.

    For more news on school bonds and referendums, visit American School & University's Daily News Headlines.

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    Upcoming events:

  • March 6-8: National Roofing Contractors Association, 120th Annual Convention and Exhibit, Las Vegas.
  • March 15-17: International Technology Education Association, 69th annual conference, San Antonio
  • March 20-22: National Facilities Management & Technology Conference and Expo, Baltimore
  • March 25-28: TechEd 2007, 12th Annual Technology in Education International Conference & Tech Exposition, Ontario, Calif.
  • For more upcoming education-related events and conferences, visit our online calendar.

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    From the Magazine

    Now online from American School & University:

    Many people skeptical about environmentalism may have a stereotyped view of the typical advocate for green design. But the cartoon image of a tie-dye-wearing, granola-eating, tree-hugging hippie that is obsessed with saving whales is as outdated as the idea that a double-loaded corridor constitutes innovative classroom design....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Aiming For the Green."

    Yes, there is a right way to clean a restroom. If a worker does two things wrong, repeated in 20 restrooms a day, it is fairly certain that restroom users will complain. However, what people see or smell is not the most important issue. The overriding guideline should be to clean for health first, appearance second....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Step by Step.".

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