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Maintenance Staffs Incur ‘Back to School’ Costs Too


Mom and dad are not the only people in the country who spend big money to prepare their children to go back to school.

The first two weeks of classes also represents a time for big spending in maintenance departments. About $330 million will be spent on maintenance issues during the first two weeks of school at K-12 facilities, according to a study by SchoolDude, a software company for educational facilities and technology professions.

More than half that total — $170 million — will be spent to address HVAC issues. Other areas of big spending include leaks and water issues ($25 million), floor repairs ($22 million), pest management ($21 million) and lock and key concerns ($20 million).

An explanation of how SchoolDude calculated the national figures can be found in a blog posted at www.edweek.org.

Like many facilities that rely on public funding for repairs, maintenance funding remains a challenge for K-12 facilities to address. One 2013 report said that the cost of renovating and maintaining public schools is $127 billion.

For more on the results, click on the blog here.

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