D211 Post: Hoffman Estates High School Unveils New Media Center

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Head Librarian Terri Berkowitz and Technology Department Chair Christina Ordonez cut the ribbon officially opening the renovated Hoffman Estates High School Media Center.

            After nearly 10 months of construction and renovation, Hoffman Estates High School opened its redesigned and expanded media center March 5.  Principal Josh Schumacher called the new facility a student-centered space where students can feel comfortable.

            Schumacher said the expanded Media Center moved resources such as the college and career center, SAT preparation center, test make-up, as well as others from areas throughout the building to one location.

            “This new media center is very open and welcoming,” said Junior Tori Spitz.  “It will provide a lot more space for friends to complete a lot of group work.”

Hoffman Estates High School Principal Josh Schumacher talks with students about the new media center.

            Senior Shane Cloherty said the new entrance caught his attention immediately.

            “The opening used to be a small door.  This huge opening door allows you to walk in and get anywhere right away,” he said. 

            Cloherty added that the relocated resource centers were things he was going to make use of in his remaining months as a student.

            For Spitz, the comfortable environment will provide her a location to complete homework prior to school or following athletic activities.

Cast from Hoffman Estates High School’s production of Suesical perform during the opening of the remodled Media Center.

           “I like the simple yet very modern calm design style of the new media center,” Spitz said.

            Cloherty acknowledged the long redesign process but appreciated the outcome.

            “It took a long time to get this, but it was definitely time very well spent. They put a lot of effort into this,” he said.  “This is just a really wonderful place.”