Click here for the latest news from the County Office of Education Facility Planners meetings for October 2017. For the latest news and information on important matters that affect school facilities, be sure to check the CASH Register news website at www.cashfacilitiesnews.org.

U.S. EPA will be offering a free training on environmental health issues frequently encountered during school renovations. The training is intended for school facility managers, environmental health staff, administrators, and other school district professionals. Topics such as protecting indoor air quality, asbestos & lead paint regulations, energy efficiency, mold, PCBs, environmental risk assessment, and green…

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In the wake of a recent study on the economic effects of adult sleep deprivation, RAND researchers released an economic analysis of later start times in the U.S. The study does not include less quantifiable effects of teen sleep deprivation such as obesity, depression and suicidal thoughts, which could also benefit society economically as well…

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FieldTurf USA has been busy replacing and repairing more ragged fields in the San Diego Unified School District in recent months, just three to five years after the fields were installed, newly released emails show. Most of the fields were highlighted in Voice of San Diego’s series on FieldTurf’s failing artificial turf fields in the…

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Vista Unified School District’s Mission Vista High School has been honored with a national certification as a demonstration magnet school— the only one in California. The school was among the first 55 schools in 12 states to successfully complete a nine-month evaluation process with Magnet Schools of America, a national association for magnet and theme-based…

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By Barry Dragon It is not too early to plan for the preparation of a Developer Fee Justification Study (DFJS), especially if you have current or near-term residential and/or commercial and industrial development in progress or soon to be in progress in your district. The State Allocation Board (SAB) pursuant to Government Code Section 65995…

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Todd Hoffmaster, CEO of AkitaBox, says that facility managers want to do good for their buildings. They want to leave a legacy. He believes that they just don’t have the capacity to do it because they’re always reactive. He goes on to say that technology enhancements allow for a better feedback loop within buildings, ultimately…

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Last week we mentioned how important it is to make sure your K-12 facilities are ready for the back to school season – all from a preventative maintenance perspective. And while being proactive in our facilities is important, there’s another benefit to keeping our school buildings in top shape: the wellbeing of our students.