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When Adairsville Elementary relocated to a larger building, the district was challenged to help the staff settle into a larger school and to salvage the old school’s athletic track for community use.

EDUCATION ALLIES—CSU-Global’s headquarters will be built by Aurora Public Schools on district-owned land outside of Denver. CSU-Global President Becky Takeda-Tinker (third from right) and Superintendent Rico Munn (second from right) call the partnership one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Colorado State University-Global Campus partnered with Aurora Public Schools to build a headquarters for the fully online university on district land. The university will leverage lease payments to make college possible for more Denver-area students.

CLEANING UP ATTENDANCE—Thanks to commercial partner programs, such as Care Counts, at-risk students can wash their clothes and are less likely to miss school.

Districts have been installing laundry facilities at schools in low-income neighborhoods, since many at-risk students from these areas often do not have regular access to clean clothes, and as a result, skip school.

Here are the prices that Texas-based School Purchasing Alliance members pay for a case of food versus what they would pay if they were not part of the co-op. 

Here are the prices that Texas-based School Purchasing Alliance members pay for a case of food versus what they would pay if they were not part of the co-op. 

Learn how charter schools in New Orleans launched a food co-op.

MEAL DEAL—This student at Dickinson ISD near Houston enjoys a lunch on which his district saved money by joining a new food co-op.

How school districts in different regions of the country can save money and prioritize healthy eating through cooperative purchasing.

Furnishing a multiage classroom focuses on flexibility, variety and comfort.

While the focus on grade-level standardized tests keeps many schools bound to traditional grade-level classrooms, others are finding ways to make multiage classes work and say their students are thriving.

Security chief relies on his experience as a teacher in his job overseeing 39 schools and 70 officers.

Many districts have bus fleets that are over 10 years old. Why is this a growing problem?

Many school districts are having overall budgeting challenges and it’s difficult to come up with a large amount of capital for fleet replacements, which can range from $85,000 to $150,000 for a single bus. As a result, replacements get deferred for years, especially by districts that have great mechanics keeping these older buses running.

Schools moving away from traditional classrooms now fill their learning spaces with flexible furniture to increase student engagement and productivity.

HOT WATER—Howard Valentine Coffman Cove School of the Southeast Island School District (193 students) uses wood-fired boilers to heat 30,000 gallons of water for its 6,912-square-foot aquaponics greenhouse.

A few Alaska schools are growing produce for ​their lunch programs in communities where some residents have to drive two hours, one way, to the nearest grocery store. The initiative has also increased employment in these remote areas.​

Superintendent Noris Price of Baldwin County School District received the President’s Award from the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

Noris Price received the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s President Award for her work on student achievement, improvements to Baldwin County School District buildings, and the launch of a Montessori Academy.

As parents increasingly turn to marijuana to treat children with chronic health conditions and severe maladies such as seizures, school district administrators have had to establish rules for the drug’s use on school grounds.

When considering medical marijuana use on school grounds, be prepared for debate and discussion and educate school board members.

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