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Scarsdale BOE Proposes New Learning Commons, Fitness Center

An artist's rendering of the proposed Learning Common at the Scarsdale High School. Photo Credit: Contributed
The proposed new fitness center at the Scarsdale High School. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Having analyzed district needs to determine which capital projects should be made a priority, the Scarsdale Board of Education has proposed creating a collaborative learning space and new fitness center at the high school to improve achievement in the classroom and on the field.

In total, approximately $20 million in projects that would address several district needs were identified. Other proposals include a technology overhaul, roof replacement at Quaker Ridge and a new music and multi-purpose classroom at the middle school.

At the high school, board members would like to install a student-centered Learning Commons. It would provide the “opportunity to create flexible and work space to support collaborative study and foster interaction among students and teachers,” according to the high school planning team.

The Learning Commons would consist of a dining and collaborative work space including a kitchen area, breakout rooms, a large instructional space and i-Lab in the defunct former auto body shop.

The area would be for focusing on “STEAM” subjects: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

According to the proposal, the Learning Commons would be centrally located and allow the library to be more of a quiet, studies-focused area.

The location would “improve student circulation and light by opening up corridors to adjacent courtyards and unused spaces.”

To bring a Learning Commons to life, the district will have to renovate half of gyms A and B, while constructing a new, 6,200-square-foot fitness center closer to the athletics wing and locker rooms.

The new fitness center will have the space to support a pair of physical education classes, Fitness for Life and will include three additional instruction and program areas.

“A larger, better equipped facility is essential to the implementation of the K-12 physical education curriculum that’s been revised during the past two years,” the planning team's proposal stated.

“A modern training facility is also essential to our 21st century athletic program. Increasingly, interscholastic athletic programs require participants to be involved in strength, conditioning, health and education.”

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