Our national public education system took a nasty blow after the recession. States cut funding and school budgets shrank to levels lower than they already were.

These are complex problems we are facing, and I can’t claim to have all the answers, but when it comes to construction and cost-saving methods, we do have one compelling suggestion on how to ease the burden on a small school budget, especially if the school is facing overcrowding problems.

In the past, many schools resorted to those awful  trailers (we called them portables) they used to line up to function as extra classrooms.  These trailers were usually intended as temporary solutions and many schools simply relied on them for permanent use. My own school used these trailers and I often had classes in them. The floors and walls were thin and the air inside the building was stale. The air conditioning was inefficient. To say the least I didn’t enjoy this learning environment as a teenager.

Thanks to advances in modular construction, it is now possible to build affordable, efficient modular classrooms. These buildings are of a higher quality than the trailers and are well-insulated, lending to a quality learning environment.  They install cleanly and quickly, so they function well for temporary solutions, but the buildings themselves are sturdy and robust like a traditionally constructed building, so the school could easily use the building indefinitely.

Modular buildings, as we have mentioned before, are made out of recyclable materials and are reusable. The buildings are more energy efficient as well, cutting down on costs. Schools can rearrange their modular classrooms if they have further uses for it, and save on their budgets in the meantime.

Many in the housing industry have claimed modular construction can usher the damaged housing market back into business, due to increased efficiency and lowered costs. The problems with our public education may stretch beyond mere economics, but it certainly is a good start, especially for those feeling the budget shock.