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Safety Concerns and Development Costs Push Schools to the Outskirts of Towns

Despite U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to promote the construction and renovation of schools in centralized locations, more communities are building large complexes on the outskirts of cities and towns. The trend to build out of town is partially due to the cost effectiveness of purchasing property outside of town, rather than building within town or city limits or renovating an existing school. Parental concerns that children are more vulnerable to predators and traffic accidents have also been cited as reasons for moving schools to outlying areas. You can read more about the construction of “mega-schools” at Smart Growth Online.