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Designing the New School

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Abstract: Lots of things have changed since the baby boomers began overfilling postwar schoolhouses in the 1950s. The sparkling new buildings erected across the United States to handle the population surge have lost their luster, and in many cases, their functionality. This is not new information; in a 1995 General Accounting Office report, nearly half of U.S. schools lacked the basic wiring to support computers, modems, and other modern communication technology. In the decade since that report, infrastructure needs have expanded dramatically. Replacing these buildings has become a priority for school districts. Eugene, Oregon s 4J district is fairly typical. It plans to open its fourth replacement school in as many years when the 2006-2007 school year begins. This article describes the two newest buildings in the district--Madison Middle School, which opened in fall 2005, and the new Cal Young Middle School, which is taking shape in the shadow of the current building. The lessons and insights the district and site-based staff shared with the authors should be of interest to personnel in other districts embarking on similar building projects. [This article was produced by International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.]

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