Fast Growth School Coalition Releases Report on School Facilities Costs
AUSTIN, May 7, 2014 – The Fast Growth School Coalition released a school facilities report entitled, “Texas Schools Aren’t Average” which is in response to information that has been disseminated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. While the Comptroller’s information averages the cost and sizes of school buildings across the state, “Texas Schools Aren’t Average” provides a more accurate portrayal of potential cost differences based on:
- Regional differences such as climate and soil type,
- Construction considerations such as foundation types and local building codes, and
- Input by local community members regarding the type of facility they want for their students.
The report consistently emphasizes that “in Texas, decisions regarding public education are made by local communities, and since local communities are all different, that means decisions about educational programs and school buildings are going to vary considerably across the State of Texas.”
About the Fast Growth School Coalition
The Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC), begun in 1996, is a grassroots organization of school districts interested in finding legislative solutions that help districts cope with the financial and structural demands of their rapidly expanding populations. FGSC districts make up approximately 10% of all Texas districts but represent 80% of student enrollment growth. For that reason, we have begun to refer to these districts as Destination Districts. You can find more information at www.FastGrowthTexas.org.
Dr. Michelle Smith