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New director sizes up schools’ facilities needs
-- Jeff Hudson, Davis Enterprise

California: February 23, 2018 -- David Burke — who started work in November as the Davis school district’s new director of facilities — has been getting acquainted with the district’s various school sites, checking out the buildings, meeting the principals and staff and generally sizing up the projects on his plate. “I want to be visible, and be out at school sites in the district every day,” he said. “I’m learning the lay of the land, finding out what the priorities are … which projects are currently ‘in process,’ and which I need to start from fresh.”

Fort Smith Schools details items on 2-year wish list to be submitted to state
-- Alex Golden, Times Record

Arkansas: February 23, 2018 -- Fort Smith Public Schools has a master facilities plan that it will submit to the state, granted that it receives school board approval. The district must submit a master facilities plan every two years. Doing so is a formality, and the items on the plan would still need money and School Board approval to officially be in the works, consultant Harvie Nichols said.

School facilities committee recommends spending $88 million on improvements
-- Kevin Passon, The Herald-Independent

Wisconsin: February 22, 2018 -- A preliminary recommendation by the Monona Grove School District Facilities Advisory Committee is all encompassing in that it proposes remodeling five schools in the district, building a new school, tackling maintenance issues and building new athletic facilities – all at a cost of about $88 million. “These are all very preliminary,” committee member Patty Parrott said. “Making this investment … it’s going to help address things down the line … as things play out,” added Jason McCutchin, another committee member taking part in the presentation to the Monona Grove School Board on Feb. 14.

Effort to replace aging bleachers at Radnor High School hits delay
-- Linda Stein, Main Line Suburban Life

Pennsylvania: February 22, 2018 -- New bleachers at Radnor High School will likely not be installed this summer. That was the upshot of questions brought by board member Patricia Booker at the Radnor Township School Board facilities committee meeting on Feb. 13.

Schools rethink building design to protect students from mass shooters
-- Jacob Passy, Market Watch

National: February 22, 2018 -- The mass shooting at a South Florida high school has revived conversations around how to make schools safer for students and teachers alike. The gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 people and injured many more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Cruz’s attack on his former high school exposed the ways in which certain security measures can fail short.