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A Penton Media Property April 17, 2007 | Vol. VI No. 51
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What's News
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Construction Corner
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Stats Corner


What's News

Gunman's rampage leaves more than 30 dead on Virginia Tech campus

  • Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is mourning the loss of more than 30 people after a gunman went on a shooting rampage on campus and killed more than 30 people in what is believed to be the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, The Roanoke Times reports. To read more, click here.
  • The new computer software system in the Clark County (Nev.) School District will cost $13 million more than what the board originally had approved, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. To read more, click here.
  • Philadelphia School District chief executive officer Paul Vallas, who has led the 174,000-student system for five years, says he will leave the job soon and take his family home to Chicago, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. To read more, click here.
  • After rejecting plans last month by Green Dot Public Schools to reform one of worst high schools in Los Angeles, a divided school board has reversed itself and given the company permission to open charter schools near Locke High in the fall of 2008, The Los Angeles Times reports. To read more, click here.
  • Louisiana has received about $2.75 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for Hurricane Katrina-related repairs at two New Orleans universities, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. To read more, click here.
  • For a daily dose of education headlines, click here.

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    Carding the parents

    Last week, we asked whether schools should require parents to show photo identification to enter the school. Here is some of your feedback:
    • "I believe that even in small communities where people think that 'It won't happen here,' we have seen that it might," says an administrator from Illinois. "We have been struggling to make the building safer all the time, and the safety of all students should supersede ease of access for a few parents."

    Click here to see more reader feedback

    This week, Some Dallas school district officials want to prohibit former employees from being vendors or consultants in the school system until they have been gone from the district for 18 months. Do you think this would be a good policy?

    A. Yes. Regularly giving district business to former district employees could create a conflict of interest and is unfair to independent vendors.
    B. No. Excluding former employees from district business relationships for 18 months could deprive the district of valuable expertise and service.
    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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    Silent Knight Fire Alarm Systems

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    From the Magazine

    Now online from American School & University:

    School leaders like to have good news they can tell parents, students, staff and the community. Making a commitment to a green-cleaning program is truly something to boast about. But many constituents might not understand green cleaning and the impact it can have inside and outside a school. Green cleaning programs are about much more than switching to environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals. Green cleaning is a process that engages everyone....

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


    The new Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame, Ind., is the largest academic building on campus and has a design that is consistent with the university's Gothic architecture. The exterior blends with the fenestration and details of neighboring buildings constructed more than a century and a half ago....

    Click Here to read the entire article, "Construction Zone: Science/Research Facilities."

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    Tired of Cookie-Cutter Schools?

    A new Web site from the American Institute of Architects provides an insider's look into how New Jersey City University and their AIA architects reclaimed an abandoned commercial laundry turning it into a vibrant new Charter High School. Watch how they worked at

    Construction Corner

    New Mississippi high school to help Katrina recovery

  • The Jackson County (Miss.) School is moving forward with plans to build a new St. Martin High School, The Biloxi Sun-Herald says. To read more, click here.
  • The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., is planning a new building to house The Mason School of Business. To read more, click here.
  • The York (Pa.) city school district is planning to build a new Ferguson Elementary School for 750 students, The York Daily Record says. To read more, click here.
  • To view the web's most extensive portfolio of outstanding education construction projects, visit the new and improved

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    Now Accepting Entries
    Architectural Portfolio 2007

    American School & University is now accepting entries for the 25th Anniversary Architectural Portfolio. Entry deadline for this competition celebrating the best in school design is June 4. Portfolios are due July 2. Make sure your best projects are part of this commemorative anniversary issue.
    • Feature your best projects in the November 2007 Architectural Portfolio Issue.
    • Enjoy free benefits. Free copies of the Architectural Portfolio issue, free promotional mailings, free plaque, public relations support and more.
    • Free Web exposure on the newly remodeled site.
    • National recognition for the project, the architect and the client.
    • New entry category, layout and PDF options and more.
    For a complete Call For Entries packet and complimentary copy of last year's Architectural Portfolio issue, contact Molly Roudebush at or (913) 967-1959. Or visit for entry forms and more information about Architectural Portfolio 2007.

    Bonds & Levies

    South Dakota bonds fail

  • Voters in the Meade (S.D.) district have rejected an $8 million bond issue that would have helped pay for new and expanded school facilities, The Rapid City Journal says. Also in South Dakota, the Belle Fourche district failed to win approval of a $4.65 million bond request. To read more, click here.
  • The Madison (S.D.) Central School District has failed to win approval of a $5.83 million bond proposal for a new gymnasium, The Madison Daily Leader says. To read more, click here.
  • Batavia, Ill., voters will decide today on a $75 million bond proposal that would pay for the expansion and renovation of schools, The Chicago Tribune says. To read more, click here.
  • The Smithville (Mo.) school district has won approval of a $9.84 million bond package that will pay for building additions and athletic facility upgrades, The Smithville Herald says. To read more click here.
  • For more news on school bonds and referendums, visit American School & University's Daily News Headlines.

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    Stats Corner

    Getting small in Florida?

    • 14: Number of Florida school districts with student enrollment greater than 45,000. (Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would enable school systems with more than 45,000 students to break up into smaller districts. Click here to read more.)

    Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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    Upcoming events:

  • May 3-5: American Institute of Architects, national convention and design exposition, San Antonio
  • May 13-17: International Reading Association, 52nd annual convention, Toronto
  • May 20-24: National School Plant Management Association, 12th annual national conference, Minneapolis
  • June 3-7: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) World Safety Conference & Exposition, Boston

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