A literature search on the subject of prototype schools, examining works from 1965 2005 revealed that 1) State-run prototype school design programs are not practical and will not result in cost savings. 2) Prototype school design programs in large school districts with ample resources can ultimately result in savings in time and cost when a large number of school buildings are being built within a short time frame. 3) There is a lack of documentation on actual cost savings achieved when a school district reuses a prototype design that requires modification. 4) Web-based clearinghouses of prototype school designs are a valuable resource. However, there is a lack of research that documents cost savings from the reuse of these plans as well. 5) A kit of parts approach to prototype school design has been used successfully when a large number of school buildings are being built within a short time frame. 24 references are cited, and seven significant state department of education studies are summarized.
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