The Cost of Avoiding Maintenance

Maintenance is a large part of the school plant management process. School facilities are constantly in need of repair and updates in order to satisfy the requirements that educators place upon the latest technologies to meet the needs of the curriculum.

In a 2010 article released from Carnegie Mellon University, it was estimated that the United States in 2008 avoided around $254.6 billion dollars in maintenance costs towards schools that were in need of repair and updates.

According to the Educational Resources Information Center, avoiding maintenance in rural school districts can have severe effects upon the teaching ability and may have detrimental health risks for those that would be using these facilities.

Here at the Virginia School Plant Managers Association, we believe it is key to have open dialogue and communication when it comes to these issues and that they should be done in a collaborative effort with the staffs’ feedback.


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