The Board of Education for Naperville School District 203 has approved spending just over $325,000 to refurnish a number of classrooms and libraries as a model for the next generation of learning.
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Beebe Elementary and Jefferson Junior High School will both receive a makeover that includes replacing the circulation desk with items like soft seating, tables and chairs of different heights and new bookshelves on wheels for mobility.
Classrooms for third-graders at Elmwood and fifth-graders at Prairie will get chairs that can be easily re-configured into different groups for various activities. The teachers’ desks will be replaced by pedestals and mobile storage units.
The setup of these classroom will be rather different from that of traditional classrooms, no longer having desks arranged in long rows behind the teachers desk.
Classrooms at Madison Junior High will serve as the prototype for the junior high level, with traditional desks being exchanged for mobile chairs and desks, plus mobile storage cabinets with writable surfaces.
The plan is to test all of these classrooms to determine what works best and then the district will develop a prototype to eventually be implemented at every District 203 classroom.
The administration has not yet come up with plans to redesign the high school classrooms but is expecting to do so by the end of summer and will keep the cost under $50,000. Because Naperville Central had major renovations several years ago, only Naperville North will be refurnished.
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