Setting SMART Goals

January 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

Setting SMART Goals

Establishing a comfortable learning environment for students and planning for additional classroom space can be challenging, demanding, tedious, and a little overwhelming. Let us help you set SMART goals to stay on track to get your classroom space needs met in a timely manner.

According to the SMART goals ideology, the most successful goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

Here are some questions you should be asking and answering to stay on track in reaching your goals.


What are your needs for additional classroom space for the 2019-2020 school year? How much extra space will you need?

In accordance with state-mandated space requirements per student, the accepted rule of thumb is 30 square feet per student for elementary and 20 square feet per student for high school. Given an average class size of 25-30 students, our standard 24’ x 64’ modular classroom is sized to meet this need, with additional options and expandable units when more space is needed. Another decision to be made is the layout of your portable classroom space. Do you need rest rooms, a front desk, or administrative offices?

What are the different ways that Satellite can fulfill those space needs?

Our standard double classrooms are 24’ x 64’, but classroom complexes can vary in size from a 4-classroom building with no restroom to a 10-classroom building complete with restrooms and a front desk area. Satellite’s standard portable classrooms come with vertical sliding windows, vinyl covered gypsum walls, vinyl tile or carpeted floors, diffused fluorescent ceiling lights, electric heating and cooling systems, wood paneled exterior siding, and optional ADA restrooms available in most mobile classroom models.

We also have the ability to work on large custom classroom complexes. We are flexible and ready to work on projects of any size. Check out this case study to learn about a recent project we worked on.


What are the financial parameters to be considered?

Budgetary requirements are extremely important when planning for additional classroom space. You can rent, lease, purchase, or we can customize a financing program that’s affordable and convenient for you. Satellite is also an approved vendor with BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative and the Houston Galveston Area Council. These organizations pre-approve vendors and suppliers to ease the burdens of procuring additional space for schools and government municipalities.

When do the classrooms need to be in place?

Working backward from the required finish date can be helpful in setting a project timeline. For reference, the timeline from the initial phone call to delivery for a stock building with no customizations is about 3-4 weeks.


Do you have the correct permits?

We believe that it is our responsibility to be compliant with the standards and technological needs of educational facilities. Our portable classroom buildings are built to each state’s specific building codes and include a variety of state seals. Be sure to check with your municipality to verify the permits required. Your supplier should be able to provide building documents that are suitable for permit submission.

Do you have the right team in place to execute the plan?

Choosing a partner you can trust is key. From the very beginning of the process, Satellite’s sales representatives will explain all your options. Once you’ve decided on an action plan, the Satellite team will be with you every step of the way. Our sales representatives love to see projects come to life and will make sure your project gets completed within your designated timeline.


Are all your desired customizations possible in the time-frame provided?

Your Satellite sales representative will make sure the customizations are reasonable and will always be up front and honest about timelines and project requirements.

Do you have a back-up plan in the event of an unforeseen obstacle?

A potential back-up plan could be using common community space, an auditorium, a choir or dance room, an auxiliary gym, etc. It’s always a good idea to be proactive and prepared.


When does the project need to be completed for teachers to be ready for the first day of school?

It’s important to be upfront and set expectations for the project, especially if you have specific dates when certain tasks need to be completed. Setting smaller time-based goals throughout your project can be helpful in staying on track.

At Satellite Shelters, Inc., we’re the experts in space solutions. Let us help you avoid overcrowded classrooms, achieve your goals, and make this the best year yet. We hope these tips help you in setting SMART goals and planning for additional classroom space in the coming school years. We look forward to working with you.