Screven County Elementary School Facilities Plan Leslie Hastings ITEC 4132 Spring 2008 Instructor: Dr. Allen
Table of Contents
Media Center Information
Current Floor Plan
Facility Use and Policies
Revised Floor Plan
Screven County Elementary School is located in Sylvania, Georgia.
Sylvania is a rural area.
It is the only elementary school in the county.
SCES was built in 1990. In 2001 is was remodeled.
Major employers in Screven County is The Timkin Company and Screven County Board of Education.
Total enrollment is 1261. There are 624 males and 637 females.
687 African Americans
60 regular education teachers (pre-k through 5 th grade)
16 special education teachers
2 art teachers
2 music teachers
1 technology teacher
1 zoom teacher (gifted program)
Screven County Elementary School is a Title I school.
They currently participate in a Universal (school-wide) free lunch program.
This is attributed to a countywide free and reduced lunch percentage that ranges from 78 and 80%.
Welcome to Screven County Elementary Media Center
Media Center Information
Media center consists of one office, two computer labs, media room, kindergarten library, and one storage room.
The media center is located in the middle of the school.
One Media Specialist
Two full time paraprofessionals
Assist in book check out/in, computer lab, re-shelving books, organizing, etc.
Approximately 30,000 books
Fiction, Non Fiction, Biographies, etc.
Teacher Resources and References
Current Floor Plans
Student Magazine Subscriptions
Highlights for Children
National Geographic Kids
Teacher magazine Subscriptions
US News & World Report
Horn Book Magazine
School Library Media Activities Monthly
Multimedia & Internet@Schools
Early Childhood Today
Two Computer Labs
45 Computers total
Math in a Flash
Both labs are located in the Media Center
Photo Tour This photo shows what you see when you walk in the main entrance to the media center.
Photo Tour Circulation Desk There are two computers used for checking out and in books. The drop box for books is located at the end of the desk. When you enter the media center the circulation desk is to the right.
Entrances/Exits These doors lead to the kindergarten hall. These doors lead to the main hall. Most students use these doors to enter and exit the media center .
Teacher Work Station There are four computers are for teacher use. All the computers are hooked up to a color printer. Most teachers use these computers to print documents in color.
Student Computer Stations
There are four computers that are used for our online catalog. These computers are only used for that reason. Students use them daily to find books they are interested in.
Students are able to use computers in technology lab, their classroom and computer lab for other things.
Computer Lab We have two computer labs in the media center Each class has a scheduled time to visit computer lab once a week.
This corner of the media center is empty. Not many people use this area. It is sometimes used for parent conferences. The windows are great. They make the room look a lot bigger. This is the area that will be used for a classroom.
Periodicals These pictures show two shelves that are used for periodicals.
Kindergarten Library The Kindergarten Library is only for kindergarten teachers. The library is full of books, movies, books on tape, science manipulative, math manipulative, etc. The books are organized by unit topics. This is a great resource to have.
Books, Books, and More Books!!! These two photographs show two different areas of books. The shelves to the right are easy books and AR books. The shelf below also contains AR zoned books. The shelves around the wall are non-fiction books and biographies.
The photo to the right shows an area that shelves nonfiction books. The photo below shows more shelves.
Teacher References & Resources This photo shows the shelves that are used for teacher references and resources. Students are not allowed to check out books on this shelf. Teachers can check them out and use them in their classroom for assignments.
Thanks for Visiting Our Media Center!!! This is the bulletin board located in the main hall next to the media center.
I surveyed several students ranging from kindergarten to third grade.
I asked several questions about the media center
What do you like most about going to the media center?
How often do you visit the media center?
Why do you go to the media center?
Student Survey Results
I had a variety of answers from the students I interviewed.
Most students visit the media center to check out books for AR.
Students visit the media center daily.
Kindergarten students can check out easy books once a week. Their visit is supervised by their teacher.
Students also use the media center for computer lab.
Most students I surveyed enjoyed going to the media center. Some even said they would like to be able to do more. They really liked the idea of story time.
I surveyed about 15 teachers. I asked a variety of questions about the media center.
All teachers said they would like to see an area used for teaching classes that could also be used for student work.
They also thought there should be a time and area for story time. Some teachers I interviewed have taught at the school for a while and said they used to have readers theater and story time once a week. They would like to see that come back.
They also really liked the idea of having a teacher work room with computers and other equipment.
Currently the computers for teacher use are located in the media center. Moving them to a separate room would allow more work space and a place to put more equipment.
Most teachers said they would like to see more student and teacher involvement in the media center.
Policies & Media Center Use
The media center is used by teachers and students.
The media center opens at 7:30 and closes at 3:30. During these hours anyone is allowed to use the facilities.
Teachers schedule times for entire class visits.
Individual students can visit the media center anytime through out the day.
Media Center Use
The color printer is only for teacher use.
There is not a maximum number of pages you can print.
The Media Specialist teaches classes on research and note taking. We do not have a area in the media center to have classes, so the media specialists has to go to classrooms.
Weekly notices are sent out to students with overdue books. There are no fines for late books.
Teachers are allowed to check out as many books as needed. During particular times of the year (like Christmas) they put a limit on the number of books that can be checked out.
There is not a policy for how long teachers can keep materials.
Teachers are encouraged to collaborate with the media specialists throughout the year. Many teachers use the media center and media specialist when planning lessons.
Have a copy machine for students to use. Students will pay 5 cent for one copy. There is not a copy machine students can use.
Develop a policy for checking out media software, hardware and books. Only allow materials to be out for two weeks.
Teachers need to schedule media center visits two weeks ahead of time. This will allow the media specialist to prepare.
Schedules for story time should be scheduled at the beginning of the year. Each teacher will have a scheduled time to visit once a week.
Revised Floor Plans
Book Drop Box
A book drop box would be placed in the hall at the main entrance of the media center and one would on the 3 rd , 4 th , 5 th grade wing. There is currently only one book drop and it is located in the media center.
The media center is located closer to the K, 1 st , & 2 nd wing. The box on the other wing would slow the amount of traffic in and out of the media center.
DEMCO Mobile Indoor Book Return 4 inch diameter casters
Comfortable Seating A few bean bag chairs would be added around the media center. Students will be able to check out books and find a comfortable and quiet place to read. Currently there is not a place to do this. Back-conforming Bean Bag Chairs Chair Teen Size 96” Circumference $89.99 Each http://www.demco.com/CGI-BIN/LANSAWEB?PROCFUN+LWDCWEB+LWDC025+PRD+ENG+FUNCPARMS+ZZWSESSID(A0200):08646350910747111441+ZZWNAVPAG(A0100):PRODUCT+ZZWBTRKID(A0120):FDD0000+DATESEQ(A0140):32210892540
Shelves would be added in the storage room. Currently the “old” storage room is used for pre-K. In the modifications this room would become storage for the media center.
This room will be used to store materials and provide a work area for the media specialist and paraprofessionals.
Wire Utility Shelving Starter 72"H x 36"W x 18"D
The carrels will only be used for reading, studying, etc.
The computers will remain in the computer lab.
They will placed in the student work area along with the tables and chairs.
Smith System Library Carrel & Kiosk 1-1/4"-thick work surface and end panels with high-pressure laminate finish. Smith System Carrel Starter 48"H x 36"W x 27"D $359.99 Starter Kit http://www.demco.com/CGI-BIN/LANSAWEB?PROCFUN+LWDCWEB+LWDC025+PRD+ENG+FUNCPARMS+ZZWSESSID(A0200):08646350910747111441+ZZWNAVPAG(A0100):PRODUCT+ZZWBTRKID(A0120):FDD0000+DATESEQ(A0140):322108105420
I realized by doing this project there are several things that need to be added to our media center to make it more productive.
I hope to be able to use this information and make our media center more successful.