Are facility maintenance and operations enabling performance: A study of K-12 public schools

Michael A. Beauregard, Steven Ayer

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Abstract

Every year approximately $50B is spent nationally to maintain the facility operations of primary and secondary educational buildings across the United States. An expanding body of academic research attributes the performance of building systems and the standard of care of educational environments with academic performance. The research indicates an investment in strategic capital improvements to educational facilities can provide value in terms of student achievement, teacher retention, and standardized test scores. Despite this awareness, America's educational infrastructure by most accounts is underfunded. The purpose of this paper is to explore the value of plant maintenance and operations indirect expense spending at K-12 schools in the state of Arizona. A Pearson correlative analysis of facility maintenance spending and student performance in Arizona over a 5-year period, 2010 through 2015, indicates essentially no relationship exists between student performance and facility expense spending. This paper addresses the link between academic performance, categorized as return-on-assets, and facility management. The findings of this paper highlight the importance of establishing a process for prioritizing facility maintenance work orders. Moreover, the paper utilizes a process that can be used by other academic districts to assess the method by which decisions are made in support of academic facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2018
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Design and Construction and Education - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages411-421
Number of pages11
Volume2018-April
ISBN (Electronic)9780784481301
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventConstruction Research Congress 2018: Sustainable Design and Construction and Education, CRC 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2018Apr 4 2018

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2018: Sustainable Design and Construction and Education, CRC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period4/2/184/4/18

Keywords

  • Education
  • Facilities management
  • Performance
  • Return-on-assets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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    Beauregard, M. A., & Ayer, S. (2018). Are facility maintenance and operations enabling performance: A study of K-12 public schools. In Construction Research Congress 2018: Sustainable Design and Construction and Education - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2018 (Vol. 2018-April, pp. 411-421). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784481301.041