An Educational Magnet: Public Involvement Creates a Community Gem

by Written By Daniel Cecil, AIA, and Anthony Roy

School Planning & Management

Oct 06, 2011.

Schools have always been an important focus of community activity and involvement. When Westbrook, Maine, committed to building a new middle school to replace the overcrowded 40-year-old Wescott Junior High School, it was no surprise that many in the community wanted to be involved. The design of a major new school is a rare event in the life of a community. In many places, it is a once-ina-lifetime opportunity. For Westbrook, the community and educators took to heart the task of creating a school that would serve as an educational magnet for students and a community/performing arts center for residents for years to come. Read Full Article >