Facilities Plan Lindsey La Barge FRIT 7132 Fall 2009 Jackson County Comprehensive High School 1668 Winder Highway Jefferson, Georgia 30549 Phone: 706-367-5003 Fax: 706-367-5007
Vision Statement Jackson County School System is committed to the relentless pursuit of educational excellence.
JCCHS Information Location JCCHS is located in the center of Jackson County. Grade Levels 9 th : 138 students 10 th : 202 students 11 th : 286 students 12 th : 328 students Student Population: There are 954 students. Nationalities Asian: 3% - 29 students African American: 9% - 86 students Hispanic: 6% - 57 students Multi-racial: 1% - 9 students White: 81% - 773 students
JCCHS Media Center Information JCCHS has one full time media specialist and one part time media specialist. The media center hours are from 7:30 AM -4:00 PM , Monday through Friday. Students and faculty are able to access any of the resources in the media center between these hours. Our media center does not handle the laptop carts , but they do handle the televisions and VCRs.
Media Center Policy The JCCHS media center does not have an individual policy. It has adopted the system wide policy. This policy is “Jackson County School System is committed to the relentless pursuit of educational excellence.” This policy means that all Jackson County schools are to pursue educational excellence in all areas by any means necessary. In the media center, this means that we have to have as many materials available for the students as possible. It also means that the media center has to be inviting so that the students are willing to use its resources.
Media Center Location The media center at JCCHS is located in the front of the school. When you walk through the entrance, the media center is through double doors located on the left side of the hallway. The media center can be accessed easily by all classrooms on the main campus. The media center is just over 3020 square feet, which is just about right for our current enrollment.
Circulation Desk The circulation desk is located in the very front of the media center. When you enter the media center it will be on the right side. Behind the circulation desk are two offices for the media specialists.
Storage Room The storage room in the media center is located to the left of the offices behind the circulation desk. This room contains all of the equipment that teachers can borrow for their classroom such as televisions and VCRs. Also in this room is the cold laminator. The yearbooks are all archived here.
Computers The media center has twenty-three computers. Twenty of the computers are on either side of the main section of the media center. The other three computers are beside the circulation desk. These three computers are used by the drivers education students when they are not driving.
Twenty-five faculty and staff members were surveyed. Here are some of their answers:
11 – yes 14 – no
Some answers: daily, once per week, never, whenever I need a video, whenever I need to print something
9 – yes 16 – no
24 – yes 1 – no
1 – yes 24 – no
Some answers: make the lamination process faster, make the videos more accessible, make the books easier to check out for the students, make sure there is always paper in the printer
Future Media Center Floor Plan Reading Area Nonfiction Shelves Computers Periodicals Fiction Shelves Circulation Desk Study Room Office Storage Closet Study Room Fiction Shelves Periodicals Periodicals Reference
The first improvement would be to organize the storage room so that everything can be easily found. The video resources should be taken out of the media specialists’ office and moved into the back storage room.
The office on the left behind the circulation desk should be made into a study room.
The non-fiction section should be moved to the main section of the room and turned so that the rows are easily visible from the circulation desk. The back section should be turned into a reading area.
The resource officer’s office should be moved into the empty classroom beside the media center. His former office will be turned into a study room.
The reference shelves should be taken out. All of the reference materials should be placed on the shelf that is left in the former nonfiction section.
Chairs should be added to the reading section where all of the tables were moved.
In the main section of the media center, a row of computers should be added. This will increase the number of computers available for classes to 30 from 20.
The blind corner in the former nonfiction section will be eliminated. This will help increase the security of the materials and the students.
With all the changes, the media center will have designated sections which will make it more inviting to students and also easier for teachers to bring their classes to.
Conclusion The JCCHS media center is small, but there is so much that can be done with the space. If the room were rearranged the students could be more easily supervised. Also, the media center could be more inviting and organized if it were rearranged. The individual components of the media center are not in bad shape, minus the table in the back of the room with the broken leg. This means that the things (such as tables, chairs and shelves) in the media center can be used to make the media center a more inviting and educational space for the students and faculty.