May Head’s Letter: ONE School Project Details
Posted On May 3, 2018
The beauty of The ONE School Campaign is that there is something in it for every student at The Lexington School.
When I think about the ONE School Campaign I am reminded of the warm feeling I have as a parent and a Head of School when our students sing “One Candle” at the end of the Holiday Concert. There is a glow that enlightens the heart as the entire student body comes together to sing a song about peace and unity. Lexington School students, parents, teachers, and friends are united by a sense of family that brings us all together. As trustees and administrators were discussing a name for this capital campaign, lots of ideas were put forth, but none seemed to capture the essence of the project until someone suggested the idea of ONE School. It “clicked” because it captured that sense of community that we value so tremendously as a school family.
The overarching intent of this ambitious project is to unite our students, enhancing that feeling of family in every corner of The Lexington School. The projects are too many to describe completely here in a Head’s Letter, but following is a list of highlights.
- The cornerstone of this bold new project is the Academic Center. A two-story building replacing the current glass connector, the Academic Center entrance will become the school’s ONE clear, central, and secure front door.
- Inside that front door, our new library will inspire new generations to learn to love reading and will feature child-friendly reading nooks, mini-conference rooms for project work, and an enclosed “junior library” specially designed for our youngest friends.
- The Academic Center will also house a new Spanish classroom, science lab, and a“clean makerspace” with 3D printing, a green screen, and other tools for imagining, inventing, and creating.
- After nine years of being in the basement next to the gym with cubicles instead of walls, The Learning Center at The Lexington School will finally share a hallway with their Lower School peers and have classrooms befitting the nationally recognized education they receive.
- The old library will become home to our Development and Admission Offices, allowing easy access to visitors through our new front door.
- At “the T”, Middle School will assert its presence with a complete remodel plus the addition of three classrooms previously occupied by The Learning Center. This renovation will provide a much-needed transformation to our middle school rooms and will allow for smaller class sizes in Middle School as well.
- Behind the new library a beautiful new quad will incorporate the middle school playground, outdoor classrooms, and grassy free play area. Our middle school students worked with our architects to design this functional outdoor space.
- Improvements to the Kitchen and Dining Hall will provide a more efficient area for serving food, better workspace and storage for our incredible kitchen staff, and increased seating capacity in each session of lunch, which means we can stop serving “brunch,” by eliminating the 10:45 A.M. session.
- Kindergarten classrooms will flip across the hall where new classrooms will provide more space, giving some of our busiest learners more freedom to move, play, and learn. TheAcorns classroom will switch sides of the hallway as well, and gain access to water in their classroom – a necessity for care of our smallest friends. Preschool students will also enjoy a significant playground renovation.
Athletics and Outdoor Improvements
- We will renovate our back fields to accommodate two high school-sized soccer fieldsgoing one direction and a regulation football/ lacrosse field going in the opposite direction.
- In addition, we will build an Athletics Pavilion that will welcome visitors and families for fall and spring sports, while housing concessions, a multi-purpose room for team meetings and other gatherings, an athletic training office, storage, and restrooms.
Aptly named, this comprehensive construction project will bring our campus and community together! The ONE School Project has been years in the making. It represents hours of planning to efficiently capture the needs of our students while using our physical space to enhance the feeling of family that our community already enjoys.
Enthusiasm for this project is contagious, as has been evident in the philanthropic response to this campaign. Having secured $7 million of the $10 million required to begin this project, we were able to share our plans with the entire Lexington School family almost a full year sooner than anticipated! We’re not done yet. We still need everyone’s help to meet the full ONE School goal. With the broad support of The Lexington School, we intend to break ground this summer with a completion date of August 2019. It is amazing what we can do when we come together as ONE School!
With gratitude for a job I love,
Charles D. Baldecchi
Head of School
Visit the ONE School Campaign website
to learn more about the ways you can help make this project successful. We look forward to talking with you!