Feature Article - June 2008
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SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS

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Facility Planning

Nearly 70 percent of respondents from schools and school districts indicated that there were plans in place to add new facilities, add to existing facilities or renovate existing facilities within the next three years. Just under 30 percent said they were planning to build new, while nearly a third (32.3 percent) were planning to make additions, and nearly half (49.7 percent) were planning renovations. (See Figure 50.)

The average amount budgeted for these construction plans among schools was $6,946,700, surpassed only by the plans of colleges and universities in our survey. (This is likely because many facilities planned include entire school buildings, rather than just recreational facilities.)

The most common amenities currently included in respondents' schools were what you might expect: gymnasiums and locker rooms for physical education, classrooms for general education and so on. More than 50 percent of respondents from schools and school districts indicated that their facility included locker rooms (80.3 percent), bleachers and seating (79.2 percent), classrooms and meeting rooms (70.5 percent), concession areas (66.5 percent), indoor sports courts and gymnasiums (65.3 percent), outdoor running tracks (65.3 percent), natural turf sports fields (61.3 percent), fitness centers (57.2 percent) and outdoor sports courts (54.3 percent). Nearly half (49.1 percent) also said they included playgrounds.