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    Facilities Improvement Plan

    Pamela TysonFRIT 7132

    November 30, 2011

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    About the WCES Media Center Constructed in 1999

    Title I School

    10 Consecutive Years Meeting A.Y.P.

    90 Staff Members 850 Students

    Pre-K through Fifth Grade

    PACE and Jump Start Programs

    One Full Time Media Specialist

    One Full Time Media Clerk

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    Original Media Center Floor Plan

    The WCES MC is considered the heart of WCES. It is centrally located at the front ofthe school. Information literacy is taught on a daily basis through the use of studentspecials. Faculty and students have access to its technological and literary resources.

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    Pros and ConsPositive Attributes Negative Attributes

    Large area with areasdedicated to specificfunctions

    Allows for 2-3 classes toutilize MC simultaneously

    All areas are easily supervised

    due to high visibility Media Clerk also has M. Ed.

    and is a retired MS

    Front entrance access isblocked to students andfaculty due to doors beinglocked

    Minimal traffic flow options

    Flexible Schedule is actually

    fixed due to specials rotations Some shelf and f loor spaces

    are not being used at all

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    Environmental Elements Color themes are non-existent

    Teacher Resource room is under utilized due to

    location Laminator room is dedicated to a sole laminating

    machine, limiting the multi-purpose potential ofvaluable square footage

    Check In and Check Out stations are self serve Lighting is strictly florescent, non conducive to high

    population density of autistic and special needsstudents

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    Furnishings Monochromatic wood and gray color schemes on all

    furnishings

    No soft seating

    No work or study space available for student use or teachercollaboration

    Computers are centrally located and may be occupied by aspecials class

    Markers are hard to locate and read

    Character silhouettes hanging from ceiling and treesilhouettes can be viewed as scary by younger students

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    Technology Teacher work room is equipped with two copiers, often

    malfunctioning

    A/V Room is located in another area of the buildingAmple laptops are available for student use in the MC

    Each teacher is provided with an iPad for class

    Three projection screens or Smart Boards are available

    for lessons in the MC

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    Access Students are prohibited from using the two doors at

    the front entrance of the MC. The back double doorsare the only unlocked entrance and exit pointsaccessible to students and faculty.

    The teacher work room is often inaccessible becausethe MC is locked after student hours

    Laminator is only available two days per week Students have to walk around computers and media

    carts to enter the MC

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    Main Entrance ViewsFacing the front of the MC Facing the back of the MC

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    Self ServeCheck Out Check In

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    DecorationsScary Ceiling and Walls Monochromatic Furniture

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    Book SectionsReference Biography

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    Book SectionsFiction Non Fiction

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    Student StationsComputer Station Catalog Station

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    Revised Media Center Floor Plan

    The new WCES MC offers a more inviting environment. Furnishings provide a varietyof purposes such as individual support groups, small groups, and collaboration areas.

    Side rooms have been restructured to support a study hall, machine room, teacherresource room and a class/faculty meeting room.

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    Modifications and ChangesStudent Influences Staff Influences

    A quiet place to think when Iread. ~ Study Hall

    I just want to get comfy. ~Soft, portable seating

    It looks boring and kind ofscary in there. ~ Colorful plants,furniture, seating, shelving, andrugs

    You know, we arent alwaysplaying when we talk.Sometimes we are actuallyworking on our stuff.~ Groupcollaboration areas

    What, we have a Title I Resource Room.Wheres that? ~Relocation and new design

    for Title I and teacher resource room It just feels crowded. You cant even just

    walk in the door and take your class whereyou want. You have to go around everythingelse first! ~ Traffic flows cleared at frontand rear entrances

    Id love to take my whole class in there.But, they just cant stay focused with all ofthe distractions. ~ Addition of QuietClass/Meeting Room

    I mean just because she goes home at 4:30,doesnt mean I get to. ~ Longer access hoursfor faculty needs

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    Improved Environmental Elements Modern, colorful book shelves and seating

    Soft and welcoming collaboration areas

    Machine room with extended access hours

    Addition of study hall, quiet class rooms, andcollaborations areas

    Reference, biography, and computer work stationsrelocated to the quieter nonfiction side

    Literacy activities area with dedicated Smart Screen Walls repainted and decorated with student artwork. Each

    wall is dedicated to a certain grade level that iscommissioned for the month.

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    Improved Furnishings Brightly colored book shelves in the fiction area

    Soft seating that may be relocated by students

    Addition of conference style tables and office desks Computers are still centrally located for class work,

    however additional computers can now be accessed forindividual work in other areas of the media center

    Graphics added to Dewey decimal system for easierunderstanding

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    Technology Teacher work room is cleared of machines to make

    room for collaboration and resource materials

    A/V Room remains located in another area of thebuilding

    Additional laptops are purchased for student use

    How To classes are held on Web 2.0 technologies on

    a quarterly basisVending machines are added to the machine room

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    Access Students and teachers may now enter from front or

    rear with no obstacles in the traffic flow

    Access hours for teacher resource and work rooms areextended

    Laminator is accessible on a daily basis in the machineroom

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    The classroom teacher will maintain responsibility for theentire class during visits to the media center and willparticipate in delivery of instruction to meet the purpose of thevisit as needed (p. 15) Administration needs to enforce this

    district policy so that the MS will be able to operate on a trulyflexible schedule.

    Due to the complicated nature of technology hardware andsoftware, it is strongly suggested that the media specialistcontact the Technology Department prior to placing any suchpurchases (p. 44). Media Specialist should be allowed topurchase certain types of technology hardware and software withprior approval from administration. However, it is stilladvisable to contact the Technology Department so as not toduplicate or interfere with efforts in place.

    Current Policies in Need of Updating or Revisions and Possible Solutions

    Perfecting Media Center Policies

    http://current%20media%20center%20handbook.doc/http://current%20media%20center%20handbook.doc/
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    Additions to Policies Several additions that are specific to the Media Center may

    be necessary to accomplish a more complete

    P & P Manual.

    Mission and Vision Statement

    Goals and Objectives

    Help and Other Resources

    Suggested Hours of Operation for Students and Faculty Suggested Compensation of Overtime for School Functions

    Personnel required are at least one full time MS and onefull time Media Clerk