Modular Classrooms Reduced
Temporary buildings used as modular classrooms create two significant problems.
First, students must leave the school building to attend class, creating a potential security issue.
Second, they are very inefficient to heat and cool, making them more expensive to operate than a typical classroom.
As the result of Students First, including classroom additions built at several schools, Des Moines Public Schools has all but eliminated modular classrooms, reducing the number by a factor of three over the past five years of which only a few are actually used as classrooms.
The chart below highlights the reduction in modular classrooms at DMPS: