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PROJECT (Community Revitalization)

School modernization and new construction can be an integral part of community revitalization. The examples described here are projects that have been developed as part of a wider community revitialization effort.

Revitalizing school buildings as centers of community requires shared vision and shared leadership. In some communities, school planning is proceeding in a cooperative and shared planning process and vision that examines and considers the educational and other community needs. Although school districts are usually autonomous bodies, there are significant benefits to planning for and designing school facilities within the larger municipal planning framework with maximum joint planning and/or provisions for shared use. The school building as well as the activities that take place in it and on the school site during and after school hours are important components of community development or redevelopment and can also have an economic impact in the community.

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Innovative Projects