Portable storage containers can be a solution to the space concerns of schools in the United States. It’s a known fact that our nation’s schools can often be cramped and crowded. According to a 2014 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, 31 percent of America’s schools needed temporary buildings to fit their needs. With space at a premium and the need to work within budget constraints more and more schools are turning to portable storage containers to free up room and make the most of their resources.
Portable Storage Units Help Organize Record-Keeping
Make no mistake, schools have significant storage needs and one critical area is document storage. Districts and individual schools have to keep hard copies of records, tests, report cards, medical forms, reports and numerous other documents. Very often, they have to keep these papers on hand or nearby. Portable storage containers such as our 20-foot units are an ideal way to keep track of these records without cluttering offices, closets and even classrooms.
Equipment Storage Frees Up School Space
But papers aren’t the only things school districts have to hold onto. Most buildings have to keep large amounts of school supplies and equipment for sports teams and physical education classes. Our 40-foot storage containers are ideal for storing larger, awkwardly shaped objects that might not fit easily on shelves.
In addition to sports equipment, schools also keep other unusual items such as test tubes and science lab equipment. They need costumes and props for performances and theater classes. The music department needs storage space for instruments, stands and sheet music. Kitchen supplies may be needed for the cafeteria. Audio visual equipment may be stored for use in the classroom.
Office, Library and Maintenance Storage
Schools also function as an office, which means there needs to be a place to store supplies, furniture and desks as well as administrative records. If organizations such as the PTA meets at the school, they may have supplies and other items that need to be kept. Another thing schools usually have in abundance is books. Each district needs to find a place to store excess textbooks. The school library might not have the space to store all of the volumes in its collection. The library also might have video or music collections that might take up extra storage space. Most schools also keep a large amount of computer equipment and other technology.
Another consideration for a school district is meeting maintenance needs. Items needed for cleaning, grounds keeping and snow removal must be stored. Lawnmowers and gardening equipment may be needed for spring and summer, while paint and varnish might be needed for other jobs. Schools also need an area to keep emergency supplies as well as chairs, tables and podiums needed for public meetings. If you’re looking for that extra bit of storage, A. B. Richards has 40-foot Jumbo Containers which have an extra foot of overhead space.
Whatever your school storage needs, A.B. Richards has a portable storage unit to fit them. We serve the New York Metro Area, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Eastern Pennsylvania, Rhode Island as well as portions of Massachusetts and Delaware. Our trained sales and technical staff will provide answers to any questions you might have. To learn more, call us at (800) 597-5971.