$927,000 granted to update classrooms

Lydia Stumme-Berg, News Editor

New flexible furniture learning spaces are set to be introduced to Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South students on Jan. 7, 2019. The district was granted $927,000 to renovate 32 of the district’s classrooms. The rooms set to be renovated were selected by each academic department. The furniture  in the rooms, which includes mobile chairs, high table sets and cushioned seats, is expected to be added on Jan. 22, 2019.

According to Ryan Bretag, director of instructional innovation, the district is planning to renovate 16 classes at each school based on the basic prototypes implemented during the 2017-2018 school year. Considering student and teacher feedback, the district has created new classrooms to test because the classroom construction is an ongoing process.

Bretag said the main goals of these classrooms are to ensure student well-being and the ability to collaborate with greater ease.

“I think it is a real honor that this community … isn’t looking at just upgrading,” said Bretag. “We are looking at evolving, amplifying what spaces can be, and we are going to do that in a process that allows us to keep getting better.”