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School District Master Planning: A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning (Paperback)
  • School District Master Planning: A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning (Paperback)

School District Master Planning: A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning (Paperback)

Paperback 276 Pages / Published: 22/08/2011
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What is school district master planning? This book explains how this planning is done, using a proven process, not theories. The process helps you avoid cost overruns, public outrage, repeated redistricting, and classrooms built in wrong places that all represent poor planning. Planning tools, steps and process check lists are discussed in rich detail, using actual case studies and the planning triangle of programs, demographics and facilities. Process roles are explained for district staff, consultants, and the public at each step. Steps are clearly explained for acquiring, analyzing, and applying critical data to drive planning to redistrict, build, close, renovate or expand schools. Steps are carefully explained for developing the comprehensive master plan and getting it implemented on time and within budget. This book pulls no punches as to what usually goes wrong and why, along with what must be done, step by step, to avoid such mistakes. It is a guide to developing a district master plan that will work out for the long term and promote public support for public education. **Instructors, be sure to check out the companion piece: School District Master Planning: The Teaching Supplement.**

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781610485319
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 256 x 180 x 20 mm

The title of Kelley Carey's book is apt, both because of its author and the handling of the subject matter. Kelley has been a contributor to American School Board Journal for many years, and the response his articles receive speak for themselves. This book, which is the culmination of his 40 years experience as a planner, showcases the work of a master at his profession. Using actual case discussions and featuring many checklists, it provides solid, down-to-earth advice on what can be an extremely complicated issue for school board members and administrators. -- Glenn Cook, editor-in-chief, American School Board Journal
In today's economy, school district leaders can't afford to ignore this book. Kelley Carey has called upon his 35 years of experience as a consultant in districts of all types and sizes to provide a very informative and useful guide to data-driven planning. His recommended five-year context is right on target as he informs us that 'the key to making smart decisions is comprehensive planning.' This book is definitely being added to the reading list for my doctoral students. -- Leonard H. Elovitz, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Kean University, New Jersey
In the current climate of financial stress, Kelley Carey's School District Master Planning: A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning is a valuable tool that belongs on the shelf of all school administrators. Based on Carey's extensive 35 years of experience consulting as a planner with districts all over the United States, this volume is a how-to from A to Z for educational leaders who are seeking to engage in planning for their districts. While it is always helpful to rely on the actual presence of outside experts such as Carey, his book is the next best thing to his being there in the flesh: he provides a step by step analysis, from inception to development to implementation and follow-up for leaders who wish to engage in master planning for their schools and communities. -- Charles J. Russo, Ed.D., J.D., Panzer Chair in Education, University of Dayton
Finally! School District Master Planning fills a void that has existed in the urban planning literature for decades. The field of urban planning is dedicated to the proposition that we can build better communities by creating a vision and aligning and guiding public and private development. Although schools often define communities, it is rare that urban planners are engaged or the tools of planners are utilized within the context of K-12 facility planning. Dr. Kelley Carey reminds us of these linkages and provides a guide on how these tools may be used within the context of school facility master planning-producing results, engaging citizens, and building better schools and communities. -- Patrick Burke, chief of operations, Fulton County School District, Atlanta, Georgia
School District Master Planning: A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning is exactly that: practical. Dr. Kelley Carey explains the complex process of facilities planning with logic and reasoning in a step-by-step approach. His expansive knowledge of planning has been tested in hundreds of school districts over the years in his role as an expert consultant. Dr. Carey's work trained our team to think systematically in a way that reduced emotional responses to highly controversial facilities use and student assignment plans. Kelley Carey's methods and writings have made a profound mark on my thinking, planning, and leadership. -- Valerie Truesdale, PhD, Chief Technology, Personalized Learning, and Engagement Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina

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