Bay Village Schools dedicate new building additions, playground

The 3,500-square-foot library media center at Westerly Elementary school. Photo by Denny Wendell

Bay Village Board of Education members joined with students and staff to celebrate two new building additions with back-to-back ribbon cuttings on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The additions are the most visible outcomes of a bond issue that voters passed in 2012 to renovate, restore and improve facilities throughout the school district.

Westerly Elementary now boasts a new library media center. The 3,500-square-foot addition can be divided into two rooms with a pull-down, garage-type glass door.

“The roll-down door is more reliable than room dividers with floor tracks,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. He also noted that the glass maintains a visual openness and the ability to observe students from both sides.

District maintenance workers Kevin Egan and Jack Heider were lauded for their carpentry skills. The pair built all the library’s beautiful solid wood bookshelves and a large circulation desk, saving thousands of dollars.

Laptop computers fill the tables on one side of the room, while the other side can accommodate another full class of students. And two cozy reading corners feature sofas, tables and area rugs for quiet reading or small group work space.

“We’ve put additional time in our schedule for technology instruction in the media center,” said Westerly Principal Josie Sanfilippo. “All our students will now have technology instruction twice a week to learn keyboarding, cybersafety and more, with an additional visit to the library for book check-outs.”

At Normandy Elementary, a new classroom wing provides four spacious classrooms and two smaller learning spaces for a total of 5,060 square feet. Students there have a great view of the new playground that was provided through a $5,000 donation from the Normandy PTA and a $15,000 donation provided by Bay Village Kiwanis Club Foundation, Kiwanis Youth Service Committee and the family of longtime member, Leo Weiland.

“All of the work has made our school a brighter, more spacious and more comfortable place for learning,” said Normandy Elementary Principal Dan Sebring.

Representatives from Regency Construction Services and ADA Architects were thanked for their good work, and about a dozen more district staff members were thanked for their various roles in the successful completion of the additions.

Board of Education President Bob Piccirilli thanked the community for supporting the project by passing the bond issue. He told students, “Your principal provides your teachers with what they need, the superintendent makes sure your principal has what he or she needs, and the school board makes sure the superintendent has what is need to give you a great education.” He added, “But it is your parents, and all the other residents of Bay Village, who provide the dollars we need to support our schools.”

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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