Industry News for pK-12 Education


STEM & STEAM

Encinitas Middle School's STEM Building Nearly Complete

Diegueño Middle School in Encinitas, California will soon have a new classroom building with ample space for hands-on STEM learning.

New School Construction

New Texas High School Faces Rising Construction Costs

Construction on Frisco ISD’s newest high school began this summer amidst rising costs of building materials and labor shortages.

School Safety & Security

South Dakota Receives $2 Million for School Security

South Dakota received three grants totaling $2 million to help school districts prevent and address threats of violence.

New Software

Montgomery Public Schools Consider New Software to Track Graduation

Montgomery Public Schools is considering HiEd, a software program that allows high school students and counselors to track the student’s progress toward graduation.

Green Schools

Department of Education Honors Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education recently honored 35 schools, 14 districts and four post-secondary institutions for their focus on the environment.

School Safety

Minnesota Schools Secure Entrances with State Safety Grants

Here’s a brief look at how Minnesota schools used $25 million state safety grants awarded last fall.

STEM & STEAM

Milwaukee School Opens New STEM Center

Cass Street School, a K4-8 school in Milwaukee, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 3 to debut their new STEM Center.

IoT Solution

HSB Launches New IoT Solution for Schools

Hartford Steam Boiler, part of Munich Re, announced a new customized IoT solution for schools to protect buildings and equipment against water leaks, freezing pipes, mold and perishable goods spoilage.



A new survey by Corgan, a global architecture and design firm, takes a look at how school design impacts teacher happiness and effectiveness in the workplace.

Learning Spaces

School Design Impacts Teacher Happiness and Effectiveness, New Research Finds

Nearly all teachers surveyed (98%) say that a well-designed classroom makes teaching more enjoyable.

Software

Oregon SD Improves Attendance with Help from Software

Grants Pass School District 7 has improved absenteeism within the last two years with the help of a software program that tracks enrollment and notifies parents of absences.

Contest

Nominate Your Favorite Custodian for "Custodians Are Key" Contest

Tennant Company announced the launch of Custodians Are Key, a contest to recognize the work of K-12 custodians around the country and honors them and their school with a $15,000 prize. The contest started on Sept. 9 and will run until May 6, 2020.  

STEM & STEAM

Dayton Elementary Opens New Makerspace

The Dayton Elementary makerspace features 3D printers, two Dobot Magician robotic arms from STEM Education Works and SDI Innovations, a green screen and robotic balls called Sphero.

Infrastructure Solutions

King William County Public Schools Projected to Save Millions in Operating Costs

Through ABM’s Energy Performance Contracting program, the customized solution is projected to save the school district close to $5 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period.

The 66,000 square-foot campus will feature 26 classrooms, a space for students enrolled in the district’s Therapeutic Learning Program, administrative offices, a multipurpose cafeteria/auditorium and play-fields.

New School Construction

Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary Celebrates Construction Milestone

The two-story, $51 million school was designed by DLR Group and constructed by AMG & Associates. When completed in August 2020, it’s expected to accommodate up to 900 students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade.

The upper half of a school bus is shown with the words "School Bus" printed between the headlights.

School Transportation

Alabama SD Reduces School Bus Idle Times with New Software

Montgomery Public Schools in Alabama recently installed Verizon Connect, a GPS fleet tracking software, that has significantly reduced school bus idling times by almost 80 percent.

Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania debuted a new mobile fab lab that brings “STEAM education on the go.”

STEM & STEAM

Mobile Fab Lab Brings "STEAM Education on the Go"

Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania debuted a new mobile fab lab that brings “STEAM education on the go.” The van is equipped with the latest in science technology that will prepare students for the workforce.

The new middle school located in Missouri City will include about 90,000 square feet of solar panels on the roof and overhangs.

Green Schools

Net-Zero Middle School to Be Built Outside of Houston

A new middle school, just outside of Houston, will have a net zero design, meaning the building will produce as much energy as it consumes.

School Safety

Michigan SD Upgrades Security with Police Grant

The $132,545 grant will be used to install 102 new security cameras throughout the district, with 48 being installed at Pontiac High School.

Global technology company, Epson debuted the Moverio Assist, a new augmented reality headset that lets field technicians and remote experts collaborate in real-time to accelerate repairs and complete tasks.

New Smart Glasses Offer Real-Time Collaboration for Faster Repairs

Global technology company, Epson debuted the Moverio Assist, a new augmented reality headset that lets field technicians and remote experts collaborate in real-time to accelerate repairs and complete tasks.

School Rankings

Massachusetts Leads in School District Quality and Safety Ranking

A new state ranking of the best and worst school systems compared districts by performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials. The project by WalletHub pegged Massachusetts at the top of its list based on overall results and New Mexico at the bottom.

Red metal hooks that can attach to the bottom of the door and bolt it to the ground were installed in nearly 50 doors at the school.

Safety & Security

New School Locks Installed at Tennessee Elementary

A 1st grade class in Manchester, Tennessee raised more than $3,000 to install safety locks at New Union Elementary School.

In the makerspace, known as the “Tinker Lab,” PreK-5 students are able to problem solve through hands-on activities and overall be more engaged in learning.

Makerspaces

A "Tinker Lab" for Young Students Opens in Pa. School

In the makerspace, known as the “Tinker Lab,” PreK-5 students are able to problem solve through hands-on activities and be more engaged in learning.

New School Construction

Nebraska SD Breaks Ground on New Gym, Commons

Osceola Public Schools in Nebraska held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $7.7 million new building that will be constructed between the elementary school and high school. The 26,000-square-foot addition will include a daycare, a new kitchen facility with updated equipment, a commons area and a new gymnasium that will improve the elementary school’s PE program.

School Software

Rhode Island SD Implements Software to Cut Student Distraction

The Warwick School Committee in Rhode Island unanimously approved the implementation of a software called GoGuardian Teacher to curb student distraction while using technology in the classroom.

Gemini Middle School, outside of Chicago, debuted several changes as they began this school year including an expanded cafeteria with learning stairs.

New School Construction

Gemini Middle School Reveal New Changes, Continues Construction

Gemini Middle School unveiled new renovations as they welcomed their doors to more than 1,000 students from 6th to 8th grade. The expansion and remodeling cost $33 million and is expected to be fully completed by the end of the year.

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