DENVILLE, NJ – Lakeview Elementary School revealed its newly renovated library media center at a ribbon-cutting on Oct. 4. After a total gut of the library in May 2018, the media center now has new flooring, ceilings, lighting, painted walls, bookcases and furniture. The space includes two new group rooms for students receiving basic skills instruction and one general purpose conference room.
“I’m very excited about the new library media center,” commented Principal Elizabeth Baisley. “Not only does it rectify the issue of substandard space, it provides more privacy, fosters less noise and offers additional space.” Baisley further noted that the fresh, updated look creates a welcoming environment, which makes the children feel very comfortable.
The renovation eliminates all substandard spaces for students. Substandard spaces essentially are temporary structures like trailers and split rooms shared by partial walls.
“No children in trailers has been our mantra,” chimed Baisley and Superintendent of Schools Steven Forte. It took four years, but Forte and the Board of Education accomplished that goal, commencing with Valleyview Middle School and ending with Lakeview. Now, trailers are used by staff only.
"We’ve completely maximized our footprint. We’ve used every inch of our space. We don’t have room to grow [beyond our existing walls],” Forte stated.
Demolition of the library began in May, and in August, Library Media Specialist Patricia Huizing and Library Aid Deborah Wilson began moving into the new space to get ready for the first day of school.
According to Huizing, who is in her ninth year as librarian in the Denville Township School District, the students have expressed joy and awe with the new digs, which she appreciates since the library media center is the hub of the building.
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