School District Master Planning

A Practical Guide to Demographics and Facilities Planning

By (author) Kelley D. Carey

Publication date:

22 August 2011

Length of book:

276 pages


R&L Education

ISBN-13: 9781610485302

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 practical guide's companion piece: School District Master Planning: The Teaching Supplement.**
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.