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Facilities Plan

Amy W. Walker

1496 Milan-Rhine Hwy Rhine, Ga. 31077

Dr. Repman FRIT 7132

October 26, 2009 Statesboro, Georgia

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Dodge County Middle School Setting According to the Department of Education, Dodge County Middle School serves a total of 803 students in grades 6-8. There is quiet a bit of diversity among the students. Out of 803 students, over half of the students are white (469 students). The school consists of approximately 291 African American students, 18 Hispanic students, and 18 Multi-Racial students. A large proportion of the students at DCMS are economically disadvantaged (494 students). There are also a large number of students identified as having a disability (104 students). As a teacher at DCMS, I found the numbers to be a bit surprising. The school appears to consist of about the same amount of African-American students as White students. However, it is more obvious that many students are identified as economically disadvantaged. Fifty-two faculty members are employed at DCMS and contribute to the school’s success as a Title I School of Distinction. The library consists of one full time Media Specialist and one full time Media Clerk. DCMS Media Center Policies The media center must instill many policies in order to efficiently run the school library. Several of the policies are identified in the power point presentation. Other polices are discussed below: • Reserving the Media Center: In order to reserve the media center, faculty members are asked to sign up one day in advance. If teaching assistance of skills lessons are to be provided, the Media Specialists asks that teachers sign up one week in advance. Teachers may send up to 3 students at a time to the library without prior notification, as long as

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students have a pass. Teachers are expected to be with the class if more students are sent. • Selection of New Materials: A request form for the selection of new materials is in the teacher handbook. The form is to be used for requests of materials needed to purchase that would assist the teacher in his or her teaching. The requests are honored as soon as possible and kept in a consideration file until funding is available. • Procedures for Instructional Planning: Orientation for 6th grade students is given during the first 2-3 weeks of school during the student’s reading classes. Review orientation for 7th and 8th grade students is provided during this same time period. The media specialist is available before school, during the school day, or after school to assist teachers with instructional planning. Services Provided by the Media Center • The library will be open from 7:45 A.M. until 3:45 P.M.,

during all class periods and lunch periods. • • The staff will reserve equipment and materials for teachers. The staff will come promptly to your room (if at all possible)

when a problem arises with equipment. • The staff will plan cooperatively with teachers on methods and

materials to enhance curriculum objectives.

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The staff will coordinate the accelerated reading program and

assist students in taking these tests on the computer. • The staff will provide a place where needed school supplies

may be purchased. • • Seating capacity for 64 students is provided. An audiovisual room is also provided for storage of equipment.

There are several policies that are listed above that are not always followed in the media center. For example, students are not allowed to take AR tests in the library. They must test with their reading teacher, or with the reading teacher on the opposing team. Also, if a problem arises with technology in the classroom, most teachers, including myself, first notify the technology assistant at the school. This is because of the many demands of the media specialist. Most of the time, she is not able to leave the media center immediately in order to assist all teachers. The technology assistant normally comes as soon as possible and works to reach a solution to the problem. Many times, he also assists the media specialists with technical problems in the library. The library does not supply school supplies for student purchase. Normally, the teacher supplies pencils and paper for students that need to borrow or purchase materials. It would help if the library stored materials for student purchase. Students could purchase materials during homeroom and be better equipped for the day. However, this did not pose concern among teachers that completed the survey (survey monkey), so it was not included in the revisions of the 21st century library. The library is only equipped to seat 64 students. Given the size of the library, I believe it should be equipped to seat more students when needed. The audiovisual room

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that is provided for storage of equipment would be better for teachers and the librarian if it were organized more effectively. Shelves lining the walls and the proper organizational boxes would be most helpful. I really enjoy the fact that the library is open all throughout the day. Students can visit the library during any class period unless an event is occurring in the library at that time. Without the media clerk, it would be very hard for the media center to operate at all times throughout the day. After assessing the results of the survey administered to teachers at DCMS, several teachers expressed concern about the amount of time that students are not allowed to check out books in the library throughout the year. Normally, students cannot go to the library for a total of 2 or 3 weeks at the beginning of the school year. They are also not allowed to check out books during the last 3 weeks of the school year. Any time the library is used for other purposes, students are not allowed to enter to check out books. For example, the annual book fair lasts 2 weeks. During this time period, no students are allowed to enter the library to check out or renew books. This becomes a burden for students and teachers, given the requirements for AR during each 9 week period. Given more volunteer help in the media center, the media specialist and media clerk may be better able to meet the needs of all students without closing the library for check-out of materials. Both teachers and students expressed concern about the selection of reading materials found in the library. One of the media center’s policies is to honor the request for new materials as soon as funding becomes available. This policy is upheld in the media center; however, funding seems to pose the biggest problem. In order to honor the

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request and “weed” out the older books in the library, more funding should be allocated for the selection of new materials in the media center. Media Center Improvements The floor plans for the new media center reflect a more modern library that is better equipped for the 21st century learner. The circulation desks are placed in the center of the media center, which provides a 180-degree angle of the library. Using the modified circulation desks, two lines can form on opposing sides to ensure a more organized and faster checkout for students. The computer workstations were modified to provide more places for students to work and research information. The computers would also be upgraded to more modern laptops for students. All fiction and nonfiction books are categorized in separate areas. The bean bags in the current library were replaced with an ottoman and chair. Students can come to this area to read books, read the periodicals, or work on school work in a more relaxed environment. Two storage rooms are provided to better organize the equipment housed in the media center. A teacher workroom is now equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, as well as other equipment provided for teachers. The nearby restroom will allow teachers to use the facilities without leaving their students in the library. A nearby emergency exit was also provided. The 21st-century media center will better accommodate all learners and provide more opportunities for teachers to utilize the facilities in the media center. Handicap

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students can easily navigate throughout the aisles of the library. The workstations are also better equipped for handicap students.

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References Georgia Department of Education. (n.d.). Retrieved October 8, 2009, from http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ReportingFW.aspx?PageReq=101&SchoolID=43453 Rogers, D. (2004). Dodge County Middle School Media Center Handbook. Eastman: Dodge County Middle School.

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