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A Penton Media Property April 24, 2007 | Vol VI No. 52
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What's News
From the Magazine
Construction Corner
Bonds & Levies
Stats Corner


What's News

Virginia Tech students return to classes

  • Classes have resumed on the Virginia Tech campus, one week after 33 people were killed in a gun rampage. To read more click here.
    • 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 here.
    For more information on campus security, visit AS&U's Security Resource Center.

    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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • For the latest education headlines, click here.

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    Consultant conflicts

    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 vendor-related business."

    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.
    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:

    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 rural Wisconsin....

    Click Here 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

    Construction Corner

    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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • The Demopolis (Ala.) city school district is planning a new athletic complex at its high school, The Demopolis Times 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

    Bond successes in Illinois

  • 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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • 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 here.
  • 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 here.

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    Stats Corner

    D.C. pursestrings

    • $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 authority.

    Source: Washington Post

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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
  • For more upcoming education-related events and conferences, visit our online calendar.

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