An upgrade long-planned as part of Vision One91 is finally taking place at middle schools, beginning this week in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
While students are away on break, furniture that’s been in the schools for 30 years or more is being replaced with modern tables and chairs to create more flexible learning environments that will support new ways of teaching and learning similar to what is already in place at Burnsville High School. Vision One91 is a redesign of the district to meet the needs of today’s (and tomorrow’s) learners.
Metcalf Middle School is the first to receive the new furniture. Similar changes will take place at Nicollet and Eagle Ridge middle schools this year during upcoming academic breaks.
“You don’t necessarily think you’d get excited about tables and chairs, but it really makes a difference,” Metcalf Principal Kelly Ronn said of the new pieces, which were paid for with funds from the 2015 Vision One91 bond referendum. “Having the ability to easily change a classroom setup to support different kinds of work – small groups, large groups, pairs, whatever a teacher might need – it’s important to what we’re trying to do in terms of teaching in ways that work best for our students.”
The change produced a strange sight outside the school Oct. 15 as dozens of tables and desks waited in the parking lot to be removed. Although District 191 tried to auction the furniture off, there were no bidders. So, some pieces may be reused at other school buildings, but most will be recycled.