Public Schools: The Unknown Shaper

"That's the new school" is a prideful remark that almost all Americans can make in showing off their communities. In thousands of cases, the shape, size and equipment of the new building owe everything to the little-known profession of school consulting. The best-known of the consultants is Nickolaus L. Engelhardt, 58, a nerveless, gruffly warm expert whose firm, the busiest in the nation, has helped 800 school boards mold the down-to-earth terms of education for millions of kids.

Engelhardt tries to keep boards from underbuilding or overbuilding, from going overboard for fads...

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