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Boom in district-built housing slows teacher turnover

Alison DeNisco
June, 2016
A digital rendering of Los Angeles USD’s 66-unit, four-story Selma Community complex of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, set to be completed in fall 2016.

From Newark to Los Angeles, districts building affordable homes for teachers hope to better retain and recruit staff as local housing costs rise and salaries remain stagnant.

Lead fears turn spotlight on underfunded school facilities

Alison DeNisco
June, 2016

Fears of lead-tainted water in U.S. schools surged this year at the same time a report found the nation spends $46 billion less on annual school construction and maintenance than is necessary to ensure safe and healthy facilities.

What's best for school buses?

Ray Bendici
June, 2016
A successful partnership with a transportation contractor, above, can give a district administrator more time to focus on educating.

Xenia Community Schools in Ohio faced a crisis in 2012 that forced administrators to slash $10 million from its annual budget. The district signed a five-year contract with a transportation contractor and saved $458,000. Still, such a move can be a challenging—and sometimes controversial—issue for many districts.

Order up! Hip & healthier school meals

Ray Bendici
May, 2016
The cafeteria at Buckingham County Middle School in Dillwyn, Virginia, was redesigned to CDC healthy-eating guidelines with brighter, student-friendly spaces.

Students will likely choose healthier meals if provided with more comfortable places to eat. Modern lighting and food-court style designs can draw students to dining areas while school gardens can provide learning experiences and also supply cafeterias with fresh, less expensive produce.

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