An article in Governing describes gaps in infrastructure in the nation’s schools.
Nationwide, state and local school districts are spending around $99 billion per year on capital investment and maintenance and operation of facilities, according to the 2016 State of Our Schools Report, compiled by the 21st Century School Fund, the National Council on School Facilities and the Center for Green Schools. The report suggests an additional $46 billion per year is necessary to properly maintain and upgrade facilities and build new schools to keep up with enrollment patterns.
In it’s last meeting, the Maryland 21st Century School Facilities Commission reviewed a recommendation on maintenance that states:
Preventative maintenance is critical – there is a need to require school systems to perform required regular maintenance and for the State to develop required maintenance schedules based on industry standards and collect and monitor performance data through a comprehensive maintenance management system that is integrated with the facility assessment information system.
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Require local school systems to report annually on their preventative maintenance schedules and the preventative maintenance measures they have carried out on all major functional systems in each of their school buildings.
The Commission’s final report is expected Monday, January 22, for a briefing on the Commission to the House Appropriations Committee.
- Monday January 22, 2018, 1 PM
- 21st Century School Facilities Commission – Full Committee Briefing
- Room 120, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1991