Facilities Conference Explores Impact of
No Child Left Behind Act
Four Schools Win Architectural Awards
The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 and its impact on educational facilities was one of the many sessions offered at the Virginia Educational Facility Planners Annual Conference. The Virginia Department of Education sponsored conference and exhibit was held February 23-24 at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center in Roanoke.
“While a great deal of public attention concerning NCLB has focused on curriculum, standards, and accountability, school facilities often have been overlooked,” said Dr. Patricia I Wright, assistant superintendent of instruction. “When considering variables that can impact student achievement and teacher recruitment and retention, we must not overlook the importance of educational facilities that are safe and conducive to teaching and learning."
During the conference, four schools were recognized for architectural excellence. The honored schools include two new and two renovated schools. Three jurors from outside Virginia selected the winning schools from among 13 entries. The winners and jurors’ comments are as follows:
· New Construction, PK-5: Appomattox Elementary School, Appomattox County Public Schools, Dr. Walter F. Krug, superintendent, VMDO Architects, architect.
· Renovation/Addition, PK-5: Fairfield Elementary School, Rockbridge County Public Schools, Dr. John Burks, superintendent, Spectrum Design, architects.
· New Construction, 6-12: Powhatan High School, Powhatan County Public Schools, Dr. Margaret S. Meara, superintendent, BCWH Architects, architect.
· Renovation/Addition, 6-12: Carter G. Woodson Middle School, Hopewell City Public Schools, Dr. Winston O. Odom, superintendent, Moseley Architects, architect.