EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The library at the Bronxville High School will soon look radically different to students, as the district prepares to transform the space into a more spacious, open, learning common.
Librarian Eileen Mann and Principal Ann Meyer have been collaborating with Russ Davidson, one of the district’s architects, as the school looks to create a place for students to collaborate.
As the world becomes more digitized and the district transitions to a more technology-driven model, the learning common would grant students access to a wider variety of digital resources as print resources become increasingly antiquated.
The total budget for the project is estimated at approximately $800,000, including $160,000 for new furniture. According to PTA President Margaret Mager, her organization has already pledged $250,000 for the project, “provided that the scope and design are consistent with the current plans.” The PTA is also planning a fund-raiser next year to help offset costs.
James Hudson, the chair of the facilities committee also has expressed his support for the learning common, and said that the funding plan may include as much as $300,000 from the school board’s capital reserves.
Schools Superintendent David Quattrone is now working with the proper stakeholders to determine a more specific plan and schedule on construction. The current plans include an updated media center, individual study units, a lecture room and several clusters of tables and chairs for group work.
“The (architect’s) design, one of several similar projects the firm is undertaking, retains some of the classical features of the library, like the windows,” he noted in a statement. “But it opens up the interior to accommodate more group work."