School Business Affairs January 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | JANUARY 2019 37 School Infrastructure, Gen Z, Communication, & School Expenditures Ideas, resources, and tips for school business officials tools and resources S chool facilities are teetering on failure, according to the 2017 Infra- structure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The report cites government statistics that indicate almost a quarter of the pub- lic schools are rated as being in “fair” or “poor” condition. In more than 30% of public school facilities, windows, plumbing, and HVAC systems are considered in “fair” or “poor” condition, as are outdoor facili- ties such as parking lots, bus lanes, drop-off areas, fencing, athletic fields, and sidewalks. In addition, according to the report card: • More than half (53%) of public schools need to make investments for repairs and renovations to be considered to be in “good” condition. • Four in 10 public schools currently do not have a long-term educational facilities plan in place to address operations and maintenance. • Five states pay for nearly all of their school districts’ capital costs, 12 states provide no direct support for districts for capital construction responsibilities, and in the remaining 33 states, the levels of support vary greatly. • The federal government contributes little to no funding for the nation’s K–12 edu- cational facilities. A quarter of public schools are rated as being in “fair” or “poor” condition. The report’s recommendations include exploring alternative finance, including lease financing and use arrangements, and adopt- ing comprehensive major maintenance, renewal, and construction programs, as well as preventative maintenance programs to extend the life of school facilities. Download the report at www.infra- uploads/2017/01/Schools-Final.pdf Crisis Communication Management “The Complete Crisis Communication Management Manual” from the National School Public Relations Association is a comprehensive resource for preparing for, assessing, and responding to threats on school campuses. The manual provides guidance on practice drills, security audits, threat assessments, and use of social media to communicate during and after an emer- gency. Order the book at . The Post-Millennial Generation What’s in store for our future? A Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data finds that the “post-Millennial” genera- tion (also called Generation Z or the iGen) is already “the most racially and ethnically diverse generation, as a slight majority of 6- to 21-year-olds (52%) are non-Hispanic whites.” Most are still pursuing their K–12 education, but the oldest members of the post-Millennial generation are enrolling in college at a significantly higher rate than Millennials did at a comparable age. Other findings: • Post-Millennials’ parents are better edu- cated than are the parents of Millennials. • The high school dropout rate for the old- est post-Millennials is significantly lower than that of Millennials at the same age. Post-Millennials are on track to be the most well-educated generation yet. • Post-Millennial Hispanics are less likely than Millennial Hispanics to be immi- grants—12% of post-Millennial Hispan- ics were born outside the U.S., compared with 24% of Millennial Hispanics in 2002. • Post-Millennials are entering adulthood with less experience in the labor market ANDREAOBZEROVA/STOCK.ADOBE.COM