MILLBURN, NJ -The Millburn Board of Education took the opportunity to showcase the new Millburn Innovative Learning Lab (M.I.L.L.) at the most recent meeting held in the facility on Monday night. The former home of the school library has now been retrofitted into a completely modular space that allows for easy configuration and greater flexibility of use.

During a tour of the space in the meeting, Dr. Christine Burton, Millburn’s Superintendent of Schools, emphasized that the new room filled a need in the school.

“It will provide students in the high school with a creative opportunity for problem-solving,” Burton said.

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After the meeting, Burton expanded on her comments in a quick interview with TAPinto M/SH. While the room’s primary use would be for students in the STEM fields, Burton said that it would be an area for students to come and relax, collaborate and meet with friends. As for how Millburn’s students will utilize the new space, Burton was already excited about the possibilities.

“We’ve already seen kids didn’t have that space and they’ve already done amazing things,” she said. “So, imagine when you give them the opportunity to work in this kind of a space. We’re just going to try to unleash them to truly actualize their creative potential.”

Two of those students were present at the meeting tonight. Senior Javier Coindreau and junior David Shustin were both excited to explore what the space had to offer.

“We have a lot of space here,” Coindreau said. “We would have a lot more ability to work with machinery, a lot more options in terms of testing and it would just be a more comfortable space in general.”

Shustin echoed Coindreau’s statements and said he was looking forward to how the increased amount of space would help students moving forward.

“Obviously, right now, we’re kind of crammed into closets, like it was mentioned at the board meeting, and all these corners of the school,” Shustin said. “And right now, getting this MILL would really help us expand on, and be able to reach our full potential.”

The other major order of business at the meeting was the ratification of several contracts. The board approved a new contract for Superintendent Burton that runs through June 30, 2023. The board also ratified a new contract with the Millburn Education Association (MEA) that runs through June 30, 2021, as well an agreement stretching from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. That agreement replaces the previously expired contract the MEA had been working under in the district.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 29 at 7:45 p.m. in the Education Center.