I was appalled and disgusted when I received the V125 flyer dismissing the library renovation with a snide remark about $2 million dollars for a library and Starbucks! What a dismissal of the efforts made in designing a space for all students to grow and learn. Let me set the record straight.
After 2 1/2 years of planning, the board voted to accept the bids for the library renovation. Countless hours were spent by school librarians, directors, teachers, para-professionals, architects, construction management company, administration and yes, the Board of Education in researching, designing, and value engineering this important student space.
The library had not been remodeled since the original school was built in 1965. It was dark, unfriendly, had no small group meeting spaces and did not allow for easy Internet access. The tutoring spaces were not adequate for the para-professional staff to support students.
The new library, now called the Student Resource Center, will have natural lighting, comfortable informal seating, small group meeting spaces, increased internet access and a warm, welcoming environment. There will be a place for student to gather to hear book reviews and lectures, larger tutoring areas, increased fiction section and IPad check out.
There was no need for a referendum to finance the renovation. Using District fund balances, reserves held for just such projects, the Board of Education is able to plan for these needs. This is fiscal responsibility. This is making changes that benefit all students.
Please support the slate of candidates, Moons, Lubin, Roberts, Weisberg.
Gerard M. Moons