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News items come from the U.S. Department of Educations's National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF).

Addressing mold early can net savings for distric
-- Amelia Harper, Education Dive

National: September 6, 2017 -- The old adage “A stitch in time saves nine” aptly applies to issues such as the development of mold and other maintenance concerns in schools. This problem can easily occur, especially in areas of high humidity or in the wake of plumbing issues or natural disasters. However, it can also be easily addressed if handled right away. Delay can cause massive costs for school districts in terms of repairs, as well as more sick days for both teachers and students.

Erie students grow healthy food in school garden and find peace of mind
-- Wendy McMillan, Times-Call Lifestyles

Colorado: September 6, 2017 -- The Red Hawk Elementary School back-to-school night on Aug. 29 had a special bloom about it — parents and community members were greeted at the school's entrance by a colorful, fresh bounty of tri-colored cherry tomatoes, corn on the cob, beets, cantaloupe, turnips, basil, carrots, heirloom tomatoes and more. Alongside the annual meet-and-greet opportunity, the evening included the first ever student-run Farmers Market, which featured produce freshly harvested from the school's own garden.

Hillsborough officials: New sales tax may be the only way to fix schools
-- Marlene Sokol, Tampa Bay Times

Florida: September 5, 2017 -- TAMPA — Hillsborough County school officials say they have little choice but to seek voter approval for a sales tax that would help rebuild a system plagued by broken air conditioners, leaking roofs and other problems caused by years of delayed maintenance. But that won't happen, they said, without a campaign that highlights the good they do and the importance of a strong school system.

$10 million of Onslow School’s $223 million came from lottery funds
-- Amanda Thames, JD

North Carolina: September 5, 2017 -- For fiscal year 2016, Onslow County received more than $10 million in lottery funds to go toward education. Funds from the North Carolina Education Lottery have been given to Onslow County for more than a decade – since 2006 to be exact – and the state legislature decides which programs and needs are funded, according to the lottery’s website.

Perkins Eastman Publishes Study Linking Design to Occupant Satisfactio

National: September 5, 2017 -- NEW YORK — Yet another white paper proves that efficient design strategies have a direct correlation with occupant satisfaction and building performance. “Measuring Up: Using Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation to Assess High-Performance School Design” was published Aug. 28 by key designers at architecture firm Perkins Eastman, with offices in New York. The white paper highlights a design research study conducted by Perkins Eastman, using Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, located in Cambridge, Mass., as a test case. The design team showed that the efficient design strategies used at the school showed a significant and measurable impact on both occupant satisfaction and building performance, according to a statement.

New school year, brand new school: Pearson Elementary School opens doors
-- Hometown Life

Michigan: September 5, 2017 -- It's not often that the first day of school is also opening day for a new school building. It's probably even rarer that students and parents are greeted by the new building's namesake. Retired South Lyon Community Schools superintendent William Pearson was manning the door and posing for photos Tuesday on the first day of classes at William Pearson Elementary School on 11 Mile in Lyon Township.

Kelso considers $87.5 million in school construction
-- Zack Hale,

Washington: September 5, 2017 -- The Kelso School Board was presented with an ambitious facilities improvement plan Tuesday, one that would cost local taxpayers an estimated $87.5 million over 20 years. The plan must be approved by Dec. 15 to be included on the Feb. 13, 2018 ballot. Local residents will be able to comment on the plan during two online Thoughtexchange sessions in October.

Crum students in new school building
-- Taylor Eaton, WSAZ

West Virginia: September 5, 2017 -- WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After the start date was pushed back for them several times, students at Crum Pre-K through 8 are finally in their new school building. The school year started for them Tuesday. They're starting school more than a week after the rest of their counterparts in Wayne County. Students in the county went back Aug. 24. Students at Crum were originally supposed to start back Aug. 28. They pushed the start date back for them after school leaders realized the school wouldn't be ready for the start of school on the 24th.

Del Mar district looks to approve new facilities master plan
-- Karen Billing, Del Mar Times

North Carolina: September 5, 2017 -- The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board will soon approve a new facilities master plan, a vision of how the district’s eight schools need to physically change to align with the district’s Design 2022 strategic plan and reflect its new mission: “the unrelenting pursuit of an extraordinary school experience.” In March, the district hired OBR Architecture to refresh the existing master plan to reflect the district’s new educational goals. Once complete, the revised document will include capacity and facility needs, along with a cost analysis. Garrick Oliver and Anney Rosenthal Hall of OBR Architecture, presented the first pieces of the plan to the DMUSD board on Aug. 30 — the board members will hold a public workshop in September and they are expected to approve the completed document at the Sept. 27 board meeting.

Houston Schools Face Huge Cleanup as Some Aim to Open Soon
-- Tawnell D. Hobbs and Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal

Texas: September 4, 2017 -- HOUSTON—Neatly printed fliers welcoming each student back to the start of school sat on worktables in a classroom at A.G. Hilliard Elementary School in northeast Houston, but the students won’t be there anytime soon. The campus took on 4 feet of water in some areas and desks now sit in puddles alongside sodden books and materials. The past week has been a time of harsh reckoning and frantic planning for school officials across southeast Texas, as administrators assess the toll Hurricane Harvey has taken on school buildings and the storm’s impact on at least one million schoolchildren.

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