- Cheltenham School District
Cedarbrook Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
WYNCOTE, PA (August 22, 2018) - More than four years after closing abruptly due to mold, the Cheltenham School District’s new 180,000 square-foot, ultra-modern Cedarbrook Middle School marked its rebirth with a ribbon cutting ceremony on a gorgeous evening in front of more than 100 state and local officials, school board members, township administrators and Cheltenham families.
“The excitement today is the building, not in speeches,” said superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille. “In 2013, CBK students and faculty were dispersed and during those long four years, they were sent to three different locations, waiting for the time when they could be reunited as a family.
“Those four years were long-filled with ever-evolving challenges but despite all of that, our teaching staff was the glue that held everything together as we anticipated this day, a day that was slow to come. Today we stand hear in rejoice as our vision stands to symbolize the extraordinary curricular and social experiences/outcomes we want for our students and staff.”
What emerged after the building was striped to its steel columns, joists and elevated floor slabs and a subsequent renovation was a 21st century school with flexible design, open spaces and 100 percent daylighting. The LEED silver-qualified building boasts a new gymnasium, well-equipped auditorium with seating for more than 700 and re-imagined library, now referred to as the “learning commons.” The building can hold up to 850 seventh and eighth graders.
Board chair Julie Haywood utilized the ribbon cutting to speak about the importance of a 21st century education in preparing students for jobs that may not exist yet.
“So what is a 21st century education and why it is important?” Haywood asked. “My answer is simple. A 21st century education is about giving students skills they will need to succeed in this brave new world and encouraging a growth mindset to practice those skills.”
Following Haywood’s remarks, project lead architect Tom Gilbert of nationally renowned Gilbert Architects presented Hockfield with a commemorative key.
Following Hockfield and her cadre of students cut the ribbon, guests poured into the building for sweets and building tours.