Recognize the Broad Impact

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Care must be taken to ensure that community members across a wide demographic spectrum can benefit from a school modernization. The process of planning for a new school or the renovation of an existing facility can boost Community Connectivity. Engaging long-time residents in the modernization process can help to mitigate the potential for gentrification that may drive those individuals and families out of the school and neighborhood. School Improvement Teams, or similar advisory groups, can engage a broad array of stakeholders—students, teachers, staff/administrators, parents/caregivers, and members of the greater community. These groups can improve students’ educational experiences, enhance parent/caregiver involvement in the school, boost community support, and provide more opportunities for community members to use the school facilities.