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A PENTON Media Property March 13, 2007 | Vol. VI No. 46
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What's News
Stats Corner
Construction Corner
Bonds & Levies
From the Magazine


What's News

Alabama governor wants state to spend $850 million on school construction

  • Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is asking the state legislature to authorize an $850 million bond issue for school construction. Click here to read more.
  • A watchdog group says the Louisiana legislature should give the Recovery School District in New Orleans enough time to show it can succeed, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Click here to read more.
  • After a fatal traffic accident, cross-country teams in the Killeen (Texas) district have been banned from off-campus running until further notice, The Killeen Daily Herald reports. Click here to read more.
  • A former teacher at a public elementary school in New York contends in a lawsuit that she was forced out of her job after those running the school accused her of being a witch, The New York Times reports. Click here to read more.

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    Stats Corner

    Absentee payments

    Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

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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.


    Working out gym time

    Last week, we asked about states mandating more physical education time for elementary school students. Here is some of your feedback:
    • "Elementary school is the time when many children learn habits that they keep all their lives--love of reading, ability to socialize with peers, etc.," says a reader from an architectural firm in Virginia. "With the epidemic of obesity that is raging in the United States, children should be required to take regular, varied exercise, outdoors whenever possible, throughout their elementary (and later) school years. The physical, mental and social benefits of P.E. are as important as they ever were, if not more so."
    • Click here to see more reader feedback

    This week, a California district is asking parents to donate funds to make up for state aid lost when their children miss school for reasons other than illness. Do you think this is a good policy?

    A. Yes. The request will help parents understand the consequences to their children and the whole school system when students miss classes.
    B. No. Parents have the right to decide what is a legitimate reason for missing school and should not be made to feel they have to reimburse the school for those absences.
    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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    California Lt Governor joins Education Leaders at TechEd 2007

    California's Lt Governor, John Garamendi, will join's Tim Magner, Apple's John Couch, Microsoft's Bill Hill and a long list of dignitaries from across the nation and around the world to join over 3000 education leaders at TechEd 2007 sharing best-practice solutions for the problems facing today's student-centered learning environment. MORE

    Join us at TechEd 2007 by registering today!

    Construction Corner

    Port Arthur (Texas) reviews bids on high school project

  • The Port Arthur (Texas) district is planning to build a new Memorial High School, but only one of the three construction bids is below the architect's estimate, The Beaumont Enterprise says. Click here to read more.
  • The Thomasville (N.C.) city school district is moving forward with plans to expand its primary and high schools, The Lexington Dispatch says. Click here to read more.
  • Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., is building a 44-bed residence hall, The Worcester Telegram says. Click here to read more.
  • To view the web's most extensive portfolio of outstanding education construction projects, visit the new and improved

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    Bonds & Levies

    Yakima (Wash.) bond vote decided today

  • Mail-in ballots are due today in the Yakima (Wash.) District for a $65.7 million bond proposal. The bonds would pay for replacing four elementary schools, The Yakima Herald-Republic says. Click here to read more.
  • Voters in the Van Alstyne (Texas) school district will go to the polls May 12 to decide two bond measures totaling $13.5 million, The Herald-Democrat says. Click here to read more.
  • Voters in the Federal Way (Wash.) district will be asked again in May to approve a $149 million school construction bond. The measure is the same one that failed in November, The Federal Way Mirror says. Click here to read more.
  • The Grand Ledge (Mich.) district is seeking voter approval in May for a $40.2 million bond package that would pay for facility improvements and athletic field upgrades, The Grand Ledge Independent says. Click here to read more.

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    Upcoming events:

  • 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.
  • March 25-28: National Association of Educational Procurement, 86th annual meeting, San Jose, Calif.
  • March 28-30: 12th annual K-12 School Networking Conference, sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking, San Francisco
  • 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:

    Weight rooms. Exercise bikes. Basketball hoops. A jogging track. Racquetball courts. That's what you'd expect to see at a recreation center on a college campus.
    But wait a minute--what's this? Jumbo flat-screen TVs lining the walls? Sushi bars? Coffee bistros? Whirlpools? Massages? Climbing walls? Multiple swimming pools? Water slides? Tanning parlors?
    Is this a college campus or a vacation resort?
    Colleges and universities hope the answer is some of both. Many schools have spent millions of dollars to create recreation spaces with lavish touches that are appealing enough to satisfy existing students and lure potential ones....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "The Good Life."


    Educators and administrators are looking for new ways to boost student performance and eliminate barriers to learning. When working to improve the classroom environment, facility managers typically target the physical structure, temperature controls, humidity levels and ventilation. Many heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) consultants recommend assessing the effect of improved acoustics on the learning environment....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "In the Background."

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