In 2019, the SMART Program completed 11 media center renovations. As one of the most utilized spaces on a school campus, housing thousands of books, new technologies, and a relaxed environment for students to learn outside the confines of a classroom, the media center is a popular renovation choice. Over 90 schools in Broward County will receive media center upgrades, many of which will be designed to include vivid colors to improve attention and creativity.

The following schools either received a brand-new media center or upgrades including fresh paint, new flooring, and modernized furniture:

  • Annabel C. Perry Pre K-8

  • Blanche Ely High School

  • Castle Hill Elementary School

  • Forest Hills Elementary School

  • Griffin Elementary School

  • Lauderdale Lakes Middle School

  • Mirror Lake Elementary School

  • Morrow Elementary School

  • Pompano Beach Middle School

  • Seagull Alternative High School

  • Westwood Heights Elementary School

The newly renovated media center at Blanche Ely High School became student-ready in October and a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by Superintendent Runcie, was held to celebrate the milestone. The upgraded media center is outfitted with new flooring, shelving, ceiling tiles, furniture, and technology. This transformation gives students the opportunity to practice independent study outside of the classroom, mirroring a college environment. In addition to regular student usage, the media center will be utilized for parent nights, club meetings, and preparation for the athletic season.