Virginia Tech students return
Classes have resumed on the Virginia Tech campus, one week
after 33 people were killed in a gun rampage. To read more click
For more information on campus security, visit AS&U's Security Resource
- Since the Virginia Tech tragedy, schools and universities across the
nation have been plagued by copycat threats of violence, The Chicago
Tribune reports. To read
more, click here.
- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has chosen a former state
police superintendent to lead an independent review of Virginia Tech's
handling of the shooting rampage. To read more, click here.
- In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, public universities in
Florida have asked for an additional $3.5 million to hire 20
police officers and upgrade their emergency communications systems,
The Miami Herald reports. To read more, click
In other news:
A lawsuit contends that despite planned renovations, the
University of Michigan's football stadium will be inaccessible to
people with disabilities, The Detroit News reports. To read more, click
The Houston school system has posted its checkbook online so
that anyone can see who is getting taxpayers' money, The Houston
Chronicle reports. To read more, click
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the St. Tammany
Parish (La.) school system have reached a compromise on the
preliminary design for a new Salmen High School, The New
Orleans Times-Picayune reports. To read more, click
San Diego State University is planning four 10-story
residence halls as part of a long-term growth plan, The San Diego
Union-Tribune reports. To read more, click
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Last week, we asked what readers thought about a proposal in the
Dallas school district to prohibit former employees from being vendors
or consultants in the school system until they have been gone from the
district for 18 months. Here is some of your feedback:
- "It would seem that at least an 18-month separation would be good to
avoid a conflict of interest," says an administrator from Ohio. "I would
allow no contact with the former district during this time on any
Click here to see
more reader feedback
This week, schools and universities have seen the constant
threat of campus violence become a tragic reality at Virginia Tech. Do
you feel that schools and universities have taken enough steps in recent
years to prevent and reduce violence?
A. Yes. Schools and universities have
made significant improvements to address the threat of violence with
prevention programs and security upgrades.
B. No. Too many schools and universities
have not responded adequately to the need for better security efforts
and violence prevention programs.
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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From the Magazine
Now online from
American School & University:
Whether an emergency is caused by international terrorists or local
vandals, student misconduct or natural disaster, schools must be
prepared to respond properly. That means having plans that address the
specific conditions and characteristics of a school. A high school in
lower Manhattan will be subject to threats different from a school in
to read the entire article, "A Plan of Your Own."
Deep fryers and the fat-soaked foods that come dripping out of them are
no longer welcome in the kitchens and dining halls of a growing number
of the nation's schools and universities. Likewise, heavily marketed
sugary soft drinks and fat-laden candy treats are vanishing from school
vending machines. From California to New York, education institutions
are enlisting in a war against obesity. The battle plan calls for
schools to teach students how to choose more nutritional foods, and for
food-service workers to practice in the lunchroom what instructors are
preaching in the classroom....
Click Here to
read the entire article, "Battling Obesity."
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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 howdesignworks.aia.org.
Kentucky high school will
replace three existing campuses
The high school under construction in Harlan County, Ky.,
is scheduled to be completed in about a year, WYMT-TV says. To read more, click
Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., is building a
109,000-square-foot sports and entertainment center, The Raleigh News
& Observer says. To read more, click
The Demopolis (Ala.) city school district is planning a new
athletic complex at its high school, The Demopolis Times says.
To read more, click
To view the web's most extensive portfolio
of outstanding education construction projects, visit the new and
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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.
For a complete Call For Entries packet and complimentary copy of last
year's Architectural Portfolio issue, contact Molly Roudebush at email@example.com or (913)
967-1959. Or visit SchoolDesigns.com/Architectural_Portfolio.htm.
for entry forms and more information about Architectural Portfolio 2007.
- Feature your best projects in the November 2007 Architectural
- Enjoy free benefits. Free copies of the Architectural
Portfolio issue, free promotional mailings, free plaque, public
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- Free Web exposure on the newly remodeled SchoolDesigns.com
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- New entry category, layout and PDF options and more.
Bonds & Levies
Bond successes in
Voters have given DuPage (Ill.) High School District 88
permission to borrow $104.7 million for building improvements at two
high schools, The Daily Herald says. To read more, click
Voters in the Batavia (Ill.) and Geneva (Ill.) school
districts have approved bond proposals that will pay for new and
expanded facilities, The Beacon-News says. To read more, click
Edwardsville (Ill.) district voters have approved a $58.3
million plan to build two new schools, The St. Louis
Post-Dispatch says. To read more, click
The O'Fallon (Ill.) school district has won voter approval of
a $37 million bond proposal to build a ninth-grade center, The St.
Louis Post-Dispatch says. To read more, click
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- $2.3 billion: Size of the school capital improvement program
that Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will control if Congress gives
him control of the city's school system. The city council voted last
week to place the 55,000-student district under the mayor's
Source: Washington Post
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May 3-5: American Institute of
Architects, national convention and design exposition, San
May 13-17: International
Reading Association, 52nd annual convention, Toronto
May 20-24: National
School Plant Management Association, 12th annual national
June 3-7: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) World
Safety Conference & Exposition, Boston
For more upcoming education-related events and
conferences, visit our online
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