Feature Article - June 2008
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SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS

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About the Respondents

The vast majority of respondents who said they represented schools and school districts were from public institutions. Some 95.4 percent represented public schools. The remainder represented private schools.

Nearly half (49.7 percent) of the schools and school districts represented in the survey were located in rural communities. Just over a third (34.3 percent) were located in suburban communities, and just 16 percent were located in urban areas.

The respondents from schools and school districts were also most likely to be located in the Midwest. Some 44.7 percent of respondents in this category said they were from that region. The next largest group, 20.6 percent, was from the Northeast, followed by the South Central states (17 percent), the Western states (11.8 percent) and the South Atlantic states (5.9 percent).

While schools and school districts represented in the survey were less likely to partner with external organizations than park districts and YMCAs, such partnerships were still formed by the majority (80.4 percent) of respondents in this category. Their most common partners were with other local schools. Nearly half (46.8 percent) of school respondents said they had partnered with other local schools. Another 32.4 percent said they partnered with the local government, and 30.1 percent had partnered with nonprofit organizations. Nearly four out of five respondents also had partnered with colleges and universities or with YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs.

In addition to employing more people than other types of organizations, schools and school districts in the survey were expecting the largest increase in the number of employees working for their facilities, jumping 86.1 percent from an average of 226.3 currently to 421.2 in 2011.

This increase will be driven by a 98.7 percent jump in the number of full-time employees working for school facilities, as well as a 78.9 percent jump in the number of volunteers employed. Schools and school districts employ fewer seasonal and part-time workers than many other types of facilities, and they are not expecting these numbers to increase substantially over the next several years.

The majority (92.2 percent) of respondents from schools and school districts said their facilities required certification of some kind. More than half of respondents in this category required a background check, a CPR, AED or First Aid certification, a teaching certification or a coaching certification. Just under a third required lifeguard certification.