How to Minimize Risk from Community Use of K-12 School Facilities

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Communities benefit from having access to school facilities and resources. The schools often benefit, too. Various groups can host sporting events, promote recreation, and further education, while schools and school boards often generate revenue from these activities. Liability and risk management, however, is a major concern for administration staff. Thoughts of property damage and personal […]

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3 Striking Drawbacks of Google Calendar & Microsoft Outlook for K-12 & Public Facility Reservations

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You most likely already use Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook as a K-12 school administrator or public employee. Google and Microsoft applications include a lot of useful functionality for schools and government often at little to no charge. But just because it’s included in your organization’s existing software bundle doesn’t mean it works in every […]

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How Facilities and Event Scheduling Software Can Help School Administrators

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Making facilities available to the public and hosting events is important for schools and the communities they reside in. Community engagement breathes life into education. Schools can be top notch community partners by making their facilities, such as gyms, auditoriums, fields, and even classroom spaces, available to outside groups. Revenue generated from rentals can also […]

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SkyCentral Announces Partnership with Blackboard

Integration Streamlines Access to SkyCentral Community Engagement Engine from Blackboard Web Community Manager Salt Lake City, UT – April 20, 2017 – SkyCentral, a U.S. based Utah corporation, announced the integration between Blackboard Web Community Manager and SkyCentral Community Engagement Engine, a cloud-based Facilities Reservations, Rentals & Liability Management solution for districts, schools and campuses. […]

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K-12 Community Engagement – Top 3 Priorities


Do you have a communication plan in place to address these 3 priorities used by top districts and schools? Knowing which community groups/members are critical to the success of our school/district. Which groups are more relevant to a school/Principal? Which groups are more relevant district wide? Why are they critical? What criteria can you use […]

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Six K-12 Innovations – Recently Confirmed


These recent K-12 innovations are making a measurable difference in schools around the US. How are leaders in your district implementing these innovations? 1 – Thriving on Chaos (aka Flipped classroom) The concept of turning education upside down by giving students choices of what they want to learn and how they want to learn. Students […]

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Top 9 Ways K-12 Districts and Principals Unite a Community

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Several outstanding sources are referenced in this article. We highly recommend examining each LINKED source for clear insights and powerful “how to” examples. 1 – Promote Partnerships Between Schools, Families, and Communities. The Six Types of Partnerships Framework, developed by Joyce Epstein and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University is a widely accepted summary of […]

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School Facility Costs Overbudget? Find Root Problem

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The popularity and often necessity of school facilities use by non-school entities is forcing many schools and districts to reconsider their facility budgeting methods. It may surprise some to know that many school facility costs are overbudget and lose money operating their facilities without a proper cost-recovery plan. Facility utilities, including lighting, heating, air-conditioning, and […]

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Top 5 Things You Need in Your School Policies and Prodecures

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A busy educational facility requires clearly stated policies and procedures to protect students and staff — and the organization itself. By outlining expectations and making quantifiable goals for your facility, you can be sure that all of the desired actions are taken and that you get the outcomes you want for your school. Educational facilities […]

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Big Picture Considerations When Building Your School Budget

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Public school funding is the most expensive item in most state budgets, receiving an average of more than 40 percent of state resources. To make the grade in an age of competitive and aggressive public education reform policies, it is more important than ever to ask whether possible new initiatives have been effective in improving […]

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