The State of School Buildings
By Tracy Healy and Carolyn Staskiewicz
In school districts nationwide, all you have to do is look at the buildings, and the statistic makes sense: Approximately 3 million students attend public schools that require major renovation or replacement. The average public school, built during the Baby Boom era, is almost 50 years old. Many schools on the East Coast were built more than 75 years ago. Wear and tear alone are reason enough to give the buildings a major facelift, not to mention the technology and infrastructure requirements necessary for a 21st century educational facility.