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The Answer: $1.5 billion for America's schools

The Question: If the costs of unnecessary energy use in schools were subtracted fromot the $6 billion schools spend on energy every year, what would be saved?

Because bomb threats are real in many schools across the nation, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Department of Education recently joined forces to offer a CD-ROM with one comprehensive plan as well as a Web site that district leaders can use to get the latest stories and resources regarding such threats.

Today's students are used to state of the art video technology. Offer them anything less in the classroom, and you'll catch them staring out the window in a hurry. Yet with budgets tight, buying the best presentation tools for your classrooms is quite a challenge.

For decades, Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg has given visitors an up-close and personal view of life in 17th century America.

The message on the projector slide seemed clear enough: A school board hires the district's chief executive, and then that person selects a team.

Superintendent Alex DiNino got two pieces of advice from a fellow administrator in a nearby district when he initially got involved in his district's multi-school construction program: Your job has yet to begin, and wear old shoes.