An area of Blairsville Middle-High School will be transformed into a media center under a plan approved Tuesday by the Blairsville-Saltsburg school board.
The school directors voted 6-3 on the $334,461.55 media center, which will be funded by $252,308.55 in grants and $82,153 in capital project funds. Board president Rick Harper, vice president Molly Stiles, Anthony “Tim” Canzano, Connie Constantino, Holly Gibson and Mary Whitfield voted in favor. Linda Brown, Beverly Caranese and Holly Hall opposed the idea.
Presented and discussed at committee meetings on Feb. 11 and 17, the media center project includes a recording studio, control room for sound and audio, a virtual reality room and a student-run café that will offer the opportunity to learn job skills for students with special needs.
The virtual reality room will be through zSpace, a company that provides “hardware, software and educational content” for an “immersive and interactive” virtual reality learning experience, according to the website www.zspace.com.
The café will provide coffee from Commonplace Coffeehouse under an agreement solidified Tuesday by the board, at a cost not to exceed $17,365.
Superintendent Philip Martell told the directors at the committee meetings that a glass garage door will provide access to an outdoor area from the media center.
The furniture, he…