Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 Middle School Media Center Recognized for Design

The Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 Middle School (OLHMS) Media Center Renovation project is being recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards and will be featured as one of 21 projects statewide at the 2023 Joint Annual Conference of Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) / Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) / Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO).

Sponsored by the IASB Service Associates, this annual competition acknowledges outstanding school design projects for instructional, recreational, administrative, or other use. A panel consisting of architects alongside school board members and administrators review each submission without knowing the schools behind them. They look for solutions that are practical, serve modern educational needs, and showcase thoughtful design. The aim of the event is to identify and celebrate school facilities that are not just functional but also enhance the learning experience for students.

“We are excited to receive this recognition and look forward to viewing one of our very own District 123 projects at the Joint Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/IASBO for the first time in School District 123 history. Much kudos goes out to our entire administrative team and OLHMS Staff for their work and dedication in seeing this project through,” -Paul Enderle, Superintendent

A depiction of the project will be on display in the Educational Environments Exhibition during the regular conference hours on Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2023.

“We are immensely proud of the OLHMS Media Center and the recognition it has garnered from the Illinois Association of School Boards. This accolade is a testament to our strategic commitment to provide optimal learning spaces. The renovation reflects our district's dedication to blending tradition with progress, creating spaces where our students continue to thrive in an ever-evolving educational landscape. We are extremely proud of the work of everyone involved in the project and are eager to showcase the library at the upcoming Joint Annual Conference.” -Brian Nichols, District 123 School Board President

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