School renovations benefit students, staff and beyond.

Renovation projects for K-12 schools are challenging but well worth the effort, according to an article in School & Planning Management. In fact, the impact of a modernized school can be transformative.

An updated facility can enhance teacher recruitment, retention and commitment. For students, renovated structures create a healthier, more engaging environment. And for the community at large, the revitalized buildings are a source of pride as well as financial benefit, contributing to the local tax base through improved property values and business revenues.

There is a lot of work to be done, however. The article cites a 2014 survey from the Institution for Educational Sciences, noting that school buildings, on average, are 44 years old. And 20 percent of respondents described the overall condition of their building as excellent, 56 percent called it good, 21 percent reported it as fair and 3 percent assessed it as poor. And more than half of survey participants said schools needed to spend money now to improve the condition of their buildings.

Making major changes in schools — whether in the curriculum or physical surroundings — is a group effort. Identifying goals and getting consensus on a plan to achieve them involves government officials, community representatives and school leaders. It can be a lengthy process, but the results are worth it. For more on the challenges and the transformative power of school renovations, go to the full article.