April 3, 2012

The Case for Restoring and Reusing Older School Buildings

The location and design of public schools are among the most far-reaching decisions any Pennsylvania community makes. School buildings affect the quality of education, and they play a critical role in a community’s development and quality of life.
School construction and renovation is a partnership between the state and local communities, with local school districts leading the decision process about school facilities. Through the Department of Education’s PlanCon process, the Commonwealth provides formula-based financial reimbursement for both new school construction and renovation of existing schools. This process was revamped under Governor Rendell’s leadership, and as a result, local districts received their first boost in reimbursement rates in nearly 20 years, and now have incentives to reuse existing school facilities and build “green” and cost-efficient buildings.
To read the entire article...By Dr. Gerald Zahorchak
Secretary of Education
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