At the heart of RMS, our library is an important place for many students and staff to visit. Whether it be with their classes for a lesson, to meet a tutor, to connect with peers, or on their own, students, staff, and community members are able to learn and grow in this space. The library also serves as a safe haven for students in crisis who simply need a place to be. Based on tracked activity in the 2018-2019 school year, the library circulated 8,741 books, held 457 research classes, and hosted over 60 individual visits per day.
Three years ago, a committee formed to study the current layout of the library and its limitations at serving all of its visitors. We developed a plan and gathered cost estimates for the redesign of our library. Having a space that is easily convertible to meet current demands and maximize this area would be ideal. The goal is to incorporate mobile shelving and furniture, allowing the library to be flexible and meet the multiple uses of the space.
Unfortunately, the budgeting cycle has not allowed this library project to move forward. We realize the budget can only absorb so much each year and it seems the earliest we may be able to fund this renovation is in three more years. The committee feels strongly about the project and the importance of a flexible space and sought Board approval to seek private donations.
This redesign is estimated to cost $83,000. We have already received a generous donation with an additional commitment to match funds raised from our community from The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. We are excited to be well on our way and ask the community to consider making a contribution.
Donations can be mailed to: