Facilities Enhancement Project
On Friday, April 27th, Purnell’s Board of Trustees approved over $1 million for the funding of facilities projects allowing for "one of the most comprehensive campus enhancement projects in the last decade," according to Director of Advancement, Dawn Frost. These projects will be completed over the next 18 months and include painting in almost every public building on campus, as well as new siding for the exterior of the Carney Center for the Performing Arts and refurbishment of its make-up room. New windows for increased energy efficiency will be placed in the Baker Dining Hall, classrooms, and the Main building. In addition to new windows, the Johnson Arts Center will be fitted for new doors and a new roof. Outgoing Director of Finance and Operations, Jim Biglan is very pleased with this announcement from the Board as "the buildings have matured and it is time for major improvements." See Full Project Listing.
While this release of funds is instrumental in helping spearhead new projects, an exciting aspect to this announcement is that it provides the final one-third of the goal dollars needed to renovate the currently closed tennis courts. With additional funding previously raised for this pressing project from parents and alumnae, the construction can begin immediately and the courts will be fully functional in the 2012-2013 school year.
Dawn Frost adds, “Many of our parents, alumnae, and friends continue to contribute generously to Buildings and Grounds and maintenance projects and these projects announced today offer additional opportunities to support campus-wide improvements that benefit our students’ daily experience both inside and outside of the classroom. While the Board is committed to completing these projects in 18 months, additional funding will accelerate the process and allow for further upgrades, therefore we will continue to seek additional gifts toward these projects and welcome donors to inquire more about these opportunities.”
Head of School Ayanna Hill-Gill highlighted how the Board's decision can have immediate impact on the students, citing "There have been studies completed showing how facilities have had an impact on student achievement and teaching. When schools show that they take care of their facilities, it relays a message that school and learning, and subsequently, students are important. We want students to take pride in their learning and that should be reflected in their surroundings."
Watch the slideshow below of the progress so far. Check back often as new photos will be added throughout the summer!