It can be hard to determine how to use your school budget each year. Educational budgets seem to get smaller and smaller, and in the meantime you find yourself tugged in more and more directions. Every department, it seems, needs a cut of the action, and you also need to find ways to make meaningful upgrades to your school so that it continues to feel comfortable, safe, and modern to its students and to the parents who invest so much into it. If you’re trying to decide how to upgrade your school this year while making multiple departments happy, we’re here to help. Here are some upgrades you should consider making this year.
Microphones are not terribly expensive, but good microphones can mean the difference between people listening at school rallies and covering their ears to block out interference noise. One great thing about upgrading your school’s microphones is that it can benefit multiple departments. Your sports teams will use the microphones during pep rallies while your music department will use them during show choir events and your English department will use them during spelling bees. You can see how, with so many departments benefiting, it would be easy to get buy-in for this simple upgrade. Check out microphone geeks’ homepage to get started picking out the right microphones for your school.
Lumbar support matters, especially in growing students. Outfitting your school with new chairs can be expensive, but compared to other expenses your school may have, it’s actually one of the more cost-efficient upgrades you could make. However, when you invest in new chairs, everyone in your school benefits. New chairs that your students feel comfortable in can also increase their respect for their school, causing them to take more responsibility for keeping their chairs nice. New chairs also have the added benefit of making your school appear newer with relatively little work on your part.
A New Paint Job
Along the lines of making your school appear better with relatively little investment, consider repainting some of the walls in your school a bright, friendly color. Paint is relatively inexpensive, but a new paint job can make a room look like a completely different place. If you can’t afford to paint the whole school anew, stick to the high-traffic areas like the cafeteria and the front lobby. You can even commission one of your talented students to create a mural on one of the walls to make it feel personal and modern while also making your students feel involved in the upgrade.
Healthy Snack Machines
Installing vending machines in your school can help you make a little bit of money while also helping out students who may have forgotten to pack a snack or who may be running from one event to another after school. To get your parents association on board with this investment, consider installing snack machines that sell healthier snacks and drinks. This can be a great way to promote healthy living on campus, and is an especially great option if you’ve never offered vending machines in the hallways before.
You don’t have to blow your entire school budget to make meaningful upgrades that your students and staff will both appreciate. Instead, consider areas that multiple departments cross-over into as areas for improvement with your school. Gain buy-in by allowing students to be involved in some of the changes that happen in your school, and increase everyone’s respect for and appreciation of the school they’re in by making improvements that feel very big without costing too terribly much. Doing this can improve the morale in your school and give you some wiggle room to make some of the other, harder decisions you’ll have to make with your budget this year.