Posted by Kevin Kastner in Neighborhoods, New Development
on Aug 30th, 2010
Last week, I was disc golfing in Brookside Park, when my friend pointed out the colorful new construction on the south side of the park. It turns out that this was the Paramount School of Excellence, which I mentioned on this blog last year. The school has a ton of smart ideas:
- It’s located within the former Masonic Lodge. A reuse will use less resources than a new construction.
- Easy to recognize from my photos are the wind turbines.
- The children will take part in planting a garden and help manage a pond.
- Robots! Discovery Zones! I believe that learning should be fun, especially in this day of ADD and over-stimulation.
I have to include a few more interesting nuggets that have been relayed to me by co-blogger Graeme Sharpe, who has met the school’s director, Tommy Redics:
- The lodge was almost destined to become a private club until the school found the building.
- Better yet, they’re also installing an outreach program where the school will renovate nearby houses and lease them to families with kids who need a scholarship to attend the school. I noticed a few of the nearby houses did seem to be in better shape than they used to be, so it seems like this process is underway.
The true measure of success for a new school can only be measured after it has been open for a few years. With a solid, innovative foundation, institutions such as this and Project School can become inspiring models of elementary education. We need this to work. Our city’s residents depend on it.