Transformed learning spaces that reflect and reinforce our strong Spartan Spirit and academic potential
James Madison Memorial High School, or ‘JMM,’ was built in 1965 and received additions in 1967 and 1970. At nearly 90% capacity, we need to maximize our current space and prepare for projected future growth (a projected 750 additional students by 2038).
Spartan scholars look forward to learning in modern, innovative environments that nurture their desire to be challenged and stimulated. As a school community, JMM values student-centered instruction that is dynamic and flexible, and instructional spaces that support this are key.
As the student body grows and continues to be a thriving, strong, and caring community, the school building will play a vital role in helping JMM to expand and flourish.
Through site visits, a review of the building’s age and condition, input from our instructional team, and feedback from students and staff, we have identified what we believe are the priorities at Memorial that could be addressed with a 2020 facilities referendum.
Major renovations to instructional spaces, labs, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) will create modern, collaborative, and flexible learning environments that support teachers in guiding student inquiry, critical thinking, and dialogue.
A redesign of the performing arts area of the building, to include the creation of new art and music spaces that are sized appropriately for the curriculum and the construction of a new theater with expanded practice space.
A redesign of the Library Media Center (LMC) to increase technology capabilities and improve flexibility for use of space.
An upgrade of community use and athletic facilities would mean a complete renovation of Mansfield stadium, an upgrade to artificial turf for all athletic fields, all-gender changing areas, and a complete renovation of men’s and women’s locker rooms to address condition and accessibility.
All of this work would be aligned to our commitment to environmental sustainability. **Spring 2020 update: A persistent theme in the community input that the school board heard throughout fall 2020 was a strong desire for additional investments in environmental sustainability projects at our four main high schools with a return on investment. (View a February 25, 2020 meeting at La Follette on the potential sustainability projects.)**
- Add six (6) classrooms to increase instructional space in preparation for the projected 750 additional students by 2038.
- Refresh finishes on floors, ceilings, and walls to brighten the learning environment in all classrooms and Library Media Center (LMC) and replace temporary wall spaces/classrooms.
- Renovate science labs, STEAM classrooms, and applied technology spaces.
Renovate Welcome Center so that it is as inviting and secure.
Consolidate office spaces and improve placement of student support areas.
Provide spaces that facilitate community partners’ use of space.
Upgrade safety and alert systems (fire alarms, fire suppression, PAs).
Add an elevator and make other accessibility upgrades.
Climate and Culture
Items in the report on the facility’s condition that were graded as a B or lower would be addressed. When students feel comfortable, healthy, and supported by their environment, they engage more in school in a positive way. These include:
- Upgrade mechanical systems so they are energy-efficient, climate-controlled, and reliable.
- Update all restrooms to support student health, hygiene, privacy, and comfort.
- Upgrade exterior and grounds, including building repairs, stormwater control, a landscaping plan, signage, asphalt repair, sidewalks and stairs, and parking lot improvements.
Community and Athletic Spaces
- Upgrade facilities used by the community for meetings, gatherings, adult sports leagues, youth sports teams, and other groups.
- Upgrade practice and competition fields, weight room, bleachers, track, athletic field, and renovate the pool.
- Upgrade locker rooms, including the addition of all-gender changing rooms.
- Renovate Mansfield Stadium to include a turf field, new running track, and other stadium and field areas.