3 Trends Causing Elementary Schools to Expand their Facilities
BOXX Modular works with a variety of other schools who are also expanding their early learning programs. For example, Barnstable Public Schools in Massachusetts needed more classroom space at Hyannis West Elementary’s Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center. Vanguard successfully installed this permanent modular classroom building in-time for the students’ first day of school. Click here to learn more about this building project.
New Legislation Causes Need for Classroom Expansion
There are other reasons that schools are looking to expand facilities, such as new legislation in certain states which are requiring schools to decrease their classroom sizes. According to an article by WRAL, “Next year, state law requires schools across North Carolina to reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third grade. Kindergarten classes, for example, would have to shrink from a maximum of 24 students to 19.” Schools are concerned with the possible cut of jobs in areas such as PE, art, music, and extra-curricular activities.
Besides the fear of cut jobs, school districts are preparing for the need to expand their classrooms. In Wake County, Superintendent Jim Merrill estimates that “the class size could cost his district $26 million and create a need for more classroom space.” This new legislation creates stress across the state, especially because the law will be enforced next year and gives little time to build new facilities. With modular construction however, temporary classroom buildings can be easily added to existing facilities in little time, and for a lower cost than traditional construction.
Consolidation of Schools
Another trend that is surfacing across the country is consolidation of schools from multiple facilities into one, larger facility. Several factors can lead to consolidation; however it is usually for economic efficiency. Here are a few examples of other factors that lead to consolidation:
Help the Weak
For some school districts, it is an attempt to combine struggling schools in hopes to make one larger, successful school. The Maine Department of Education is encouraging neighboring high schools to combine in order to implement career or technical training programs, also known as CTE. These programs lead to recognized licensure and certification in industry fields, and can help build partnerships with higher education institutions in the local area.
According to the ERIC Digest, when schools combine and create a stronger identity within the community, students gain a larger boost of confidence than previously before. Due to combined funding, extracurricular activities such as sports programs can flourish because they have more resources.
School districts strive to keep a consistency between each school, but it is not always easy to maintain. According to SHP Leading Design, inconsistency was reason enough for this school to merge their several elementary schools together, “Before Miami Trace consolidated, there were five different reading programs being taught throughout the seven elementary schools. This wasn’t intentional, but over time, programs were modified for various reasons.”
Implementation of Pre-K into Elementary Schools
Many individual pre-k schools are closing their doors and consolidating into their local elementary schools. There are many benefits of including pre-k within the k-5 elementary schools; which mainly includes the reduction of operating costs, as well as stream-lining the education gaps between grade levels. Elementary schools are looking to expand their facilities due to this increase of pre-k classrooms.
Although there are a plethora of reasons as to why schools need to expand their facilities, these three growing trends attribute to a large number. Full-day kindergarten, consolidation, and State Legislation are creating a demand for additional classroom space. Vanguard Modular offers both temporary and permanent classrooms for sale and lease. If you are looking to expand your school’s facilities, contact us today or learn more here.
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