Evaluating lockerless schools
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For a decade secondary school administrators have been actively implementing the lockerless school facility adaptation. Due to this new concept, school administrators around the state have removed lockers from the academic environment as a facility construction and renovation adaptation. The purpose of this study will be to evaluate the effectiveness of lockerless schools that have successfully implemented this procedure. This study will investigate if changing to a lockerless school can effectively improve school’s safety/security, learning environment and cost efficiency. Lockerless schools will be compared to traditional schools with lockers in order to determine their differences in school security, learning environment, and cost efficiency. Learning environment and security data will be gathered from a faculty survey conducted in lockerless schools across the state. Survey criterion statement ratings will receive description from the comment section of the study. Cost efficiency will be calculated by comparing related cost’s such as maintenance, books, construction, and renovation of a campus with lockers to one without lockers. The rapid growth of Texas’ school population has spawned a boom in school construction and renovation. School administrators will be able to use information from this study to determine if lockers are necessary technology when building their 21st century schools. The results of this study will add knowledge to the debate on the merits of lockerless schools. The study’s survey resulted in findings that merit attention, and support previous research that points to a connection between school facilities and a secure, productive learning environment. The cost efficiency comparisons for school construction and renovation without lockers show significant cost savings and life-cycle benefits. The findings were limited due to the volunteer nature of the survey, the limited number of responses from certain schools, and the aggregate nature of the data that can obscure or neglect important evidence. Nevertheless, the goal of school architects and administrators is to build a cost efficient campus that is safe, secure, and aids the learning environment.