Thursday, March 28, 2013
Plans are in the works to recreate the Ridgewood High School library.
Thursday, March 28
Donations continue to flow with the ongoing effort to transform the greying Ridgewood High School Library. The Ridgewood High School class of 1988 recently donated $2,000 to the Ridgewood High School Learning Commons project. According to RHS Learning Commons organizers, the class will be represented on the donor wall outside the new entrnace. Two plaques will be featured there: one in honor of the 1988 graduates, the other memorializing the 1988 graduates who have died.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Revised cost estimates, however, have forced the group to find $200,000 more for technology upgrades.
By fall, Ridgewood's half-century-old library will be demolished. In its place – at a projected cost north of $900,000 – will be a brand new library. The original project, including tech upgrades, was tabulated at $850,000. As of mid-January, Ridgewood High School Learning Commons, an off-shoot of the high school's HSA, has raised $925,000. It's enough to get going, but doesn't include everything initially dreamt of. "The revised estimate for the project before any technology additions is $925,000," the group wrote. "Although we realized some cost savings by eliminating the café, we will incur additional costs for furniture suitable for flexible uses, extra electrical receptacles required to meet the charging needs of our students, …
Friday, December 28, 2012
The village native and TV star will be speaking at the gala held at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton on Jan. 11.
Today Show co-host and Ridgewood native Willie Geist will be issuing the keynote address at the big fundraiser to transform the Ridgewood High School library to a modern "learning commons." Dubbed the 07450 Schools Committee, a group of HSA-connected parents have raised more than $650,000 to demolish the existing 50-year-old high school library and start anew. The project, set to start in June and finish in September, is expected to cost about $900,000. Geist, a 1993 graduate, will be speaking at the gala on Friday, Jan. 11 held at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton. The event ($110 per person or $200 per couple) will feature a live auction for the opportunity to have a commemorative "Wall of Donors" plaque erected by the new library. To get the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
A $1,000 check was given to Principal Thomas Gorman as part of a plan to make large-scale improvements to the 50-year-old library.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Ridgewood High School Class of 1991 Alumni "Pay it Forward" and deliver a check to Ridgewood High School Principal, Dr. Thomas Gorman. The donation is for the Learning Commons Campaign, an initiative to renovate and transform the outdated library at the High School. With enough money raised, the federation of supporters are moving forward with construction plans. A modern, multi-purpose space is expected to be constructed by the end of September at an estimated cost of $850,000. Class of 1991 alumna Siobhan Crann Winograd has been meeting with alumni groups to solicit support for the Learning Commons project. The group's major fundraiser is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Do you like the latest design of what the high school library could look like in Sept. 2013?
Ridgewood is closing in on having a new state-of-the-art library at its high school, and the latest drawings of what it might look like have been released. As Patch previously reported, the RHS Learning Commons group has raised the $600,000 needed to start construction around the end of June. "Ridgewood High School needs a library/media center with flexible spaces for a variety of activities," the group says on its website, stressing the need to renovate the 48-year-old space. "Instead of a traditional library, the new Learning Commons will become the center of intellectual activity and academic life at the high school. The Learning Commons will serve as a multimedia center, reading room, study hall, group study venue, movie theater and …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
New state-of-the-art library and Ridgewood High School could be ready in September of 2013 thanks to strong fundraising efforts.
It's no longer just a hope – with $600,000 in the bank, a coalition of Ridgewood parents will see the high school library become the sleek, modern info-center first envisioned by former RHS principal Jack Lorenz. RHS Learning Commons, an offshoot of the high school Home and School Association (HSA), reported to the school board Monday that thanks to an outpouring of support, it's just a matter of time before the high school library is demolished and built anew. The original proposal – just an estimate – projected the construction work to total about $600,000, with an additional $250,000 still needed for the interior, including technology. "From the minute we started this project the entire community has really embraced this project and …