June 14, 2010
Mr. Tim Murley, Superintendent
Warren County Board of Education
303 Lover's Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Dear Mr. Murley:
The Warren Central High School Library Media Center is the largest Media Center in the district.
The Media Center is utilized by many groups and organizations for district and regional professional
development workshops, meetings and trainings.
Thirty years ago, the Media Center was considered to be state-of-the art--a show place and model for
modern school facilities. Currently, the Media Center is one of the oldest and least attractive and
inviting of the twenty-one Library Media Centers in the Warren County school district. Its
furnishings and environment have not been updated since it was built in the late 1970's. It is difficult
to provide modern services to faculty, staff, and students in its current condition.
Attached you will find a proposal for a renovation of the Warren Central High School Library Media
Your attention and consideration of this request is very much appreciated.
Library Media Specialist
Warren Central High School
Library Media Center Renovation
559 Morgantown Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
June 15, 2010
Warren Central High School
Library Media Center Renovation
Statement of Need:
Warren Central's Library Media Center is the largest in the Warren County school district and,
therefore, is often utilized for districtwide professional meetings and trainings, as well as playing
host to Regional athletic tournament drawings.
1) The furnishings, carpet, light fixtures and windows in Warren Central's Library Media Center
have not been updated since the library was built in the late 1970s.
a) There are three different kinds of carpet, which are stained to the point that it can no
longer be cleaned. Tile is broken in transition areas.
b) The chairs’ and sofas’ upholstery is dirty, stained, and torn.
c) Furniture and doors are scarred and damaged from use.
d) Backs of free standing casing is separating. making it difficult for the shelving to stay
in place. Shelves periodically slip and cause books to fall onto floor.
e) Carpeting is stained and peeling away from the concrete wall beneath the upper level
f) Laminated surfaces on circulation desk and display cases are chipped.
g) Curtains are dirty and rotting from exposure to heat, cold, and moisture. The last time
the curtains were cleaned they came back torn and frayed.
2) The Library Media Center is neither environmentally safe nor energy efficient.
a) The central heat and air conditioning utilize outdated technology making it inefficient
and costly compared to current heating and cooling systems.
b) Heat and air conditioning units are unpredictable; the upper and lower areas of the
library are inconsistent with the upper area being warmer and the lower area being
c) Seals around the windows are broken, allowing cold air to enter the room in the winter,
hot air in the summer, and moisture to collect between the double panes. This
makes them counterproductive to Warren County’s initiative to reduce energy costs.
(Water stain on window sill.)
d) The 15 year-old roof leaks in several places, staining the ceiling tiles and creating an
environment conducive to the growth of mold and mildew. This creates an unhealthy
atmosphere for staff members and students prone to allergy and asthmatic attacks. In
the spring of 2009, a driving rainstorm cause a major leak in the server room in the
back of the library storage area. Water stood in the floor around Warren Central’s
main network server and seeped under the wall in the reference/computer lab area of
3) Storage area is cramped and inconvenient for current needs. The Library Media Center is the
only one in the district without a sink .
4) Students have to operare in a makeshift, temporary studio in the back of the library in order
to produce a daily news program. Lighting is poor; equipment has to be left set up and out in
the open exposing it to possible vandalism and theft.
Warren Central High School's current Library Media Center was built in the late 1970s. Except
for a size reduction in the office area when Warren Central was remodeled in 1997--and some
minor cosmetic changes within the past six years--the facility has changed very little in the past
30 years. The library, a once state-of-the-art facility, has become outdated and is inefficient for
current use. It is difficult to serve the school’s faculty, staff, and students in it’s present
Listed below are the district libraries, year of construction, and the most recent dates of
Within the past 22 years, 17 new Library Media Centers have been constructed. Of the 17 new
libraries, six (29%) have been renovated less than 20 years after original construction. Six of the
eight oldest facilities in the Warren County school district (Alvaton Elementary, Bristow
Elementary, Cumberland Trace Elementary, RichPond Elementary, Rockfield Elementary, and
Warren Elementary) have received completely new or updated libraries within the past eight
years. Two of the oldest Library Media Centers in the district have not had any updates within
the past 30 years. These two Media Centers are Oakland Elementary and Warren Central High
Discussion has been ongoing with the Warren Central High School Administration since the fall
of 2007 reagarding possible upgrades to the Library Media Center. A meeting was held with
Robert Rogers from the Maintenance Department to discuss some needed changes in the current
Library Media Center and to receive an estimate of anticipated costs.
Since that time, some additional concerns have presented themselves--both of them related to
safety issues. During the spring of 2009, a driving rainstorm caused a major leak in the server
room in the back of the library storage area. Water stood in the floor around the infrastructure’s
main network server and seeped under the wall into the reference/computer lab area of the library.
Mold and mildew became a concern. Then, in the fall of 2009, a female student fell down the
steep, narrow steps leading into the lower area of the library injuring her foot.
The current Library Media Center is lacking in regards to many energy, environmental, safety and
This is not a request for construction of a new Library Media Center at Warren Central. With
the recommended guidelines for square footage per student population and office space, new
construction would greatly reduce the size of the library and limit its availability for community
and academic use. Instead, this request is for a remodel and renovation. of the current facility.
With this purpose in mind, the following are being proposed:
1) Replace carpet so as to be uniform through out the entire Media Center;
2) Replace broken tile;
3) Replace rubber baseboard;
4) Purchase new furniture; or refinish current tables, and book shelves as well as reupholster
chairs and sofas ;
5) Take down curtains;
6) Replace windows with tinted, arched windows;
7) Replace circulation desk with one more conducive to computer use;
8) Install sink in office area;
9) Update heating and cooling system to one more energy efficient;
10) Install new roof and ceiling tiles;
10) Reverse current circulation and storage areas;
11) Enclose the back section of the library to create a separate room that could be used as a studio,
meeting room, or extra storage.
Cost for this renovation is estimated to be approximately $250,000.00.