Public school facilities matter

In fall of 2017, 50.7 million students went back to US public schools. The total expenditures for the school year are projected to be $623.5 billion, which costs $12,300 per student.

Maintenance and operations

Proper maintenance and operations of school facilities help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment, and school districts are allocating large budgets for it.

Good maintenance also increases the efficiency and lifespan of critical systems and equipment, and helps communities get the maximum return on their capital investments.

Keeping schools running

HSB visits schools across the country every day – thousands a year – our staff works with school administrators, building engineers, custodians and repair workers to assure greater equipment reliability, lifespan and energy efficiency.

We also understand how hard school districts work to provide excellent learning environments to students and staff.

Saving money on a major expense

Maintenance and operations is a major cost for school districts, averaging 10 percent of their annual operating budget between 1994 and 2013. Building systems and components maintenance becomes more and more complex and expensive as technology evolves, but facilities can’t keep pace.

The average age of the main building of a public school was 44 years old when polled in the 2012-13 school year.

Resources for schools

In addition to providing insurance and engineering and inspection services, HSB supports our school customers by sharing our knowledge to help with routine maintenance, energy efficiency programs and overall building equipment and systems operations.

Check out these useful tools and resources that can start helping your school today.


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Ernest Freeman

Vice President of Engineering in Hartford Steam Boiler's Loss Control Engineering Group, with over 39 years of experience in equipment operation and maintenance. He is a Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM), member of The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and a licensed commissioned Inspector by The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.

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