By John Hummel, K12 Market Segment Leader
School boards and administrators have always been faced with the daunting task of delivering the best education possible using the finite resources that are available. They annually face the challenge to stay on top of current developments in education delivery while maintaining safe, secure and healthy learning environments. They strive to have the right people in the right positions, the right equipment in the right facilities, and the right balance of revenue to expenses.
2011 brought new challenges. The pressures of a slow economy and its impact on revenue, reduced subsidies from the state due to the expiration of stimulus programs, and an electorate looking for relief from taxes combined to force school boards and administrators into making hard decisions. Yet the needs continue. Collective bargaining agreements, pension and health care obligations, insurance, utility costs and transportation are just some of the categories or budget line items that boards and administrators have only so much control over.
These pressures are impacting school boards and decision makers at an unprecedented level. It could be argued that the entire K-12 landscape has changed and that these changes are only the beginning. Though the down economy has had its impact on our industry as well, circumstances have inspired our firm to work even harder at developing creative ways to help improve the situation for educators and taxpayers alike.
School boards and administrators can leverage the expertise of a K-12 architecture and engineering consultant to compare options on how to more efficiently utilize facilities, assess the short and long term needs of maintaining facilities, and develop a plan to reduce utility costs.
L.R. Kimball’s creative and collaborative approach to problem solving will benefit your school district. Please contact us for a no-obligations discussion of the specific challenges of concern to you.