Insights, hopes and aspirations for what practical design elements will be contained in the forthcoming PreK-12 building project were discussed earlier this week at the latest of a series of meetings being hosted to gather input by the architects and project managers. With this particular meeting taking place at Burton Elementary School, more than two dozen staff members were led in a collaborative session by representatives from BSHM Architects and Holabird and Root Design. The purpose for this engagement meeting was to specifically assess teacher and staff input for the new building design and comes just after a similar meeting with staff took place last week at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School. Professionals obtained input from staff regarding educational programming requirements, ideas for learning spaces, thoughts on how Project Based Learning would unfold in the new building, student circulation and flow, adjacent areas and technology. Staff members had plenty to share while the design experts facilitated the discussion. Several guiding principles for design have been established thus far with the various engagement meetings that have taken place, including: safety, collaboration, pride of place, diversity and sustainability. Upcoming meetings for the P.R.I.M.E. Committee have been scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Ledgemont Elementary School at 6 p.m. and Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Burton Elementary School at 6 p.m. to provide similar type of feedback. Officials of the Berkshire Local Schools are dedicated to providing forums for engagement and feedback, and the District thanks those individuals who have participated to this point. Stay tuned for more information on the PreK-12 construction process and the P.R.I.M.E. Committee in the near future.