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ERIC Number: ED106902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Environment and Space Utilization: Project LEM.
Hackensack Public Schools, NJ.
This booklet describes a project that converted a 45-year-old school building designed for self-contained classrooms into an open-plan learning center. Purposes of the project were better use of available space to accomodate more students and creation of a warm, flexible learning environment suitable for a nongraded open education approach. As part of Project LEM, three sections of Fanny Meyer Hillers School in Hackensack, New Jersey were remodeled, one section at a time, over three years. No major structural changes were made to the buildings, but nonbearing walls were eliminated and doors were removed to open up the building and encourage movement between different learning areas. In addition, corridors, storerooms, stairwells, and similar spaces were converted to art bays, reading bays, and other learning areas. These changes increased student capacity of the buildings by 25 to 33 percent at a relatively low cost, while also permitting adoption of a more flexible and innovative educational program. (JG)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Facility Improvement, Interior Space, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Open Education, Open Plan Schools, School Space, Schools, Space Utilization
Project LEM, Hackensack Public Schools, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601 (Free; Additional charge for quantity orders)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Hackensack Public Schools, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III