Protecting the Investment: School Facilities Inspection and Maintenance
The maintenance challenges for school facilities can vary significantly by a range of factors, including the age of the building, level of use, the time since last renovation or major systems overhaul, local climate, and the type of building. Nonetheless, there is a universal need for school administrators and facilities staff to monitor the condition of school buildings. The reality, however, is that maintenance is often inconsistent or occasional, and monitoring of building conditions is irregular.
Typically, state policies favor new construction over maintenance. This is not universally the case, and a handful of states have policies in place that promote and encourage building maintenance. Among these policies are state maintenance allotments and building inspection programs, particularly tied to school and district school facility plans. Requiring schools to set aside a percentage of their budget for maintenance and repair is a more active step in ensuring school facilities investments are cared for over the long haul.
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