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Architectural award goes to Arkansas school for collegiate feel

Ariana Fine
November, 2016
Dazzle with Design—Fayetteville High School in Arkansas earned an award from the American Institute of Architects for its stunning and useful windows, stairwells, environmental efficiencies and security features. This student assembly area connects three levels of classrooms.

An $84 million renovation that includes a pedestrian walkway and greater security at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas was the only public school to receive prestigious architecture this year.

Propane bus fleets gain momentum in U.S. schools

Alison DeNisco
August, 2016
A 2014 study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory examined five districts using propane in their bus fleets, and some saved nearly 50 percent on a cost-per-mile basis for fuel and maintenance. (Photo: Gettyimages.com/Leekris)

Transitioning to eco-friendly propane school buses may help districts save money and safeguard student health. A propane bus costs about $15,000 more than a diesel vehicle, but is less expensive to operate and maintain.

Green school enriches students and the community

Ariana Fine
August, 2016
The Good Ground Community Garden at Hampton Bays Middle School is divided into a series of beds, shared between the elementary and middle schools, and individual and community group planters.

Community helped design Hampton Bays Middle School, which opened in 2008, on Long Island in New York. The LEED-certified building can be used for town hall meetings and adult learning classes, and offers a community garden.

Schools build for the future

Ray Bendici
August, 2016
Students and administrators of Clark County School District in Nevada launched construction on six new elementary schools, part of a 10-year, $4.1 billion construction campaign.

Growing evidence shows that well-maintained and updated school facilities promote learning, as well as student and staff health, and help curb long-term school expenses.

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