Schools
5 Ways Schools Can Build Community Wealth
B.J. Mandelstam
B.J. Mandelstam
Vice President, Business Development for Schools EPA-trained Master of Indoor Air Quality Sodexo

How can your school become an anchor institution to help build wealth in your community? What does an anchor institution look like? An anchor institution helps build wealth by driving economic activity, local development and revitalization efforts for their communities. (more…)

Schools
Seamless School Openings Improve Community Perceptions
B.J. Mandelstam
B.J. Mandelstam
Vice President, Business Development for Schools EPA-trained Master of Indoor Air Quality Sodexo

When schools get it right on the first day of school, the entire community wins – students, parents, teachers, administrators, regulators and tax payers. No doubt, administrators aim to have the utopian opening: clean, safe classrooms filled with qualified and motivated teachers and students ready to learn; engaged parents ready to contribute; fully- funded budgets available to invest in resources. (more…)

Schools
Giving Time Back to Principals
B.J. Mandelstam
B.J. Mandelstam
Vice President, Business Development for Schools EPA-trained Master of Indoor Air Quality Sodexo

On average, public school principals spend over 30% of a 60-hour+ work week on general administrative tasks such as building maintenance, managing behaviors, buses and school budgets. This means less time for developing teachers, interacting with their students and reaching out to their communities. According to Gail Connelly, the executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, “We’ve entered the era of high-stakes accountability…We know the principal’s role is more complex and multifaceted than it’s ever been.” She states the increasing workload on principals has caused a sharp increase in principal turnover, with the average principal staying three years in a school compared to 10 years or more a decade ago. (more…)