Small schools and small businesses are the pillars of a community. Both types of organizations have a way of not only bringing people together, but giving back to the community. I think you’ll find it interesting to see how much these two organizations have in common and how important they are to your community.
Here are 3 traits small schools and businesses have in common.
- Much like a small business is the heart of the local economy, so are district facilities to community activities. School facilities are typically used for everything from scout meetings to dance recitals to summer camps and even church sport leagues.
- Small businesses are family-owned and well-known throughout the community, similar to small schools where students have lived in that community their whole life and come back to work after college, or a staff member’s niece, nephew or family friend attend.
- With less resources, the staff at small schools tend to have a closer working relationship with Superintendents and Business Officers and are allowed to make some decisions without being held back by bureaucratic red tape, similar to how small local businesses can have an influence on the advancement of their community.
Being the hub of community activity and a close knit family-oriented institution is a big obligation. For these reasons, small schools, like small businesses, take this obligation seriously and seem to have a more vested interest in their surroundings. Maybe because they are so close to leadership, or they take pride in owning some of the decisions, or maybe because they feel like they are looking out for family and friends.
Furthermore, small schools are vital to the community just like small businesses are to the economy and the proof is in the pudding.
Small Schools Double Down on Preventive Maintenance
According to our data, small schools do more than double the preventive maintenance work orders of medium and large schools and recover more costs from events that can go back into student programs and facility improvement, despite juggling more responsibility.
What do you think makes a small school more invested in maintaining school facilities? Let us know what you think and make sure to visit our small school resource page for information on how small schools are becoming stewards of their community.