BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — The Maumee High School media center will be transformed into a learning commons, with greater access to technology and collaborative learning opportunities, said district Assistant Superintendent Steve Lee.
He presented information on the new project at the April 9 Maumee school board meeting.
The area will reflect the types of learning spaces found on college campuses, with relaxed seating areas and even a coffee bar, he said.
“The space will have something for everyone and it will be in a location with the capacity to support our student interests,” said Lee.
In addition to a coffee bar, overall plans for the new learning commons call for a new recording studio with a sound booth in what is now the conference room and a makerspace where the circulation desk is currently housed. Currently, the makerspace is located in the art wing of the building, but moving it to the commons area will allow for greater student accessibility, Lee said.
“The high school makerspace has been a tremendous success and student interest has outgrown the current space. The central location and layout of the current media center make it ideal for the vision we have of the new learning commons,” Lee said.
A new digital photo center will also be added to the learning commons, along with a private study area, a collaborative learning area, a student common area and an outdoor learning space.
The current collection of media center materials will remain in the commons area, but it will be reduced to the items regularly used by students and staff, he said.
Work will begin this summer and will take place in two phases. Students will begin using the commons next school year before phase two of the project begins in the summer of 2019, he said.
The first phase of the project is expected to cost approximately $150,000 and a portion of that money – $60,000 – has been raised in private donations through the Panther Pride Found-ation. The work that is completed on the project will depend on results of the work bids and the amount of private funds that are raised, Lee said.
Also at the meeting, the board took the following action:
• Authorized a $1.18 million contract with the Spieker Co. for construction of the Kazmaier Stadium renewal project.
• Presented multiple commendations to students for achievements in gymnastics, wrestling, dance, cheerleading, drum line and speech.
• Approved the resignation of Joseph Linnenkugel, MHS hockey coach, and Rod Hersha, MHS girls basketball coach, both effective on March 23.
• Entered into executive session to discuss the purchase of property for public purposes.