CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan sees it, the new media center at his Coral Glades High School isn’t just for students to read and learn.

The center, known as “The Den,” is also for students to collaborate on projects – a place where they can sit together, work on laptops, and showcase their work on TV monitors, much like in a real-life, corporate office space (at least before Covid-19).

“This is for students to talk to each other and problem-solve,” Kaplan said Tuesday, a day after the center was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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The center, which serves as the school’s library, includes five new mini-“collaboration” stations to allow students to use technology and comforts of an office to do assignments together and learn from each other.

“A lot of thought process went into the design, and technology is a big part of it,” Kaplan said.

Opening the center took about a year of planning, he said.

The costs for construction, furniture, equipment, and other expenses were about $200,000, half of which came out of the “Smart Program,” the $800 million voter-approved bond issues to renovate and upgrade buildings and campuses at Broward County schools.

The ceremony drew members of Coral Springs City Commission as well as School Board member Lori Alhadeff.

“I think it’s wonderful that the students of Coral Glades High now have this sensational space to walk into, ponder a subject matter, explore the pages of an exciting book, or relax and quietly discuss the world around them with fellow students, even if at a safe distance,” Alhadeff said.

Coral Springs Vice Mayor Joy Carter said she, too, was impressed with the center and how it created the space to enjoy reading and relaxing.

“The overall environment was very inviting,” Carter said.


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