Site plan renderings and schematic designs were officially unveiled to the public at the most recent meeting of the Berkshire Local Schools Board of Education held on February 11, 2019. In a presentation delivered by representatives from BSHM Architects and Holabird+Root Architects, aerial views of the 204,000 square foot facility were explained to the room full of more than 50 individuals who attended the meeting. From the outset of the presentation, architects demonstrated how the current renderings and schematic designs incorporated the input received during more than a half dozen community forums during the Fall of 2018. This valuable input from teachers, administrators, community leaders, students and others has been infused with “Best Practices” in contemporary 21st Century School design. The presentation included the fact that this new facility will be separated into various wings or houses by grade level, so that PreK-elementary students will be exclusively taught in their own respective areas of the building, as will Junior High students and High School students. Each wing will have separate access to shared common areas of the facility including the gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria. Special features of the facility will include courtyard areas, nearby outdoor activity and athletic fields and a major focus on including natural lighting throughout. The facility will also be uniquely equipped to accommodate traditional classroom environments but more importantly, be able to promote Project Based Learning, which has become a true cornerstone of the Berkshire Local Schools educational vision. More exciting information will be forthcoming regarding the design aspects of the new PreK-12 facility. Thank you for your continued support.