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Ridgewood High School library project gains steam


Ridgewood High School Learning Commons gains steam
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Record

RIDGEWOOD — Fundraising efforts for Ridgewood High School’s new library are continuing, with demolition and construction slated to begin at the end of the current school year, officials said.

It will cost nearly $1 million to raze the high school’s 50-year-old library and replace it with “The Ridgewood High School Learning Commons.” But an additional $200,000 is needed for technology upgrades, officials said.

The fundraising effort, being overseen by the district’s Home and School Association executive board, was launched after the district received a $500,000 grant — including $400,000 from the Ridgewood Board of Education — for the project. “The library is outdated and hasn’t been renovated in 50 years; we needed something more 21st century to help our students succeed,” Principal Thomas Gorman said.

Work will begin after finals and continue through the summer, with the new library slated to open in September, Gorman said.

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