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Building Bridges for Education March 31 – April 2, 2019
Building Bridges for Education
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Sunday, March 31, 2019
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Forsyth County Central Library
President’s Reception
Forsyth County Central Library
660 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Friends and colleagues, I hope you can join us for the President’s Reception at the Forsyth County Central Library as we kick off the 2019 annual NCA4LE conference. The reception will be followed by a dinner dine-around to allow you to reconnect with old friends and make some new acquaintances at some of downtown Winston-Salem’s best restaurants.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
11 am – 1:00 pm

Downtown Elementary School

    2 LU/HSW

Downtown School The main building is a 1925 two-level structure of 56,000 square feet (equally split between both levels) that was originally constructed as the Winston-Salem City Market building. This market was constructed as a single location where grocers from around the city could come together to sell their products. Currently, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system (WSFCS) utilizes approximately 36,000 square feet for educational space of this building for grades 2-5, the main administrative office for the principal of the elementary and middle school, a small multipurpose space and a café/kitchen area to serve both schools.

In 1993, a 16,000 square feet annex building was constructed to serve the Pre- Kindergarten through First Grade instruction levels.

In 2009, a 21,000 square foot, three story Middle School addition was constructed for grades 6-8. Repetition of the existing “flexible” classroom space was incorporated with this newer addition.

The campus is connected with a canopy system and has small onsite parking for staff, a 12,000 square foot hard-surface playground space for the elementary school children and a separate 4,000 square foot play space area for the Pre-K students. There is no student busing to this school. All students are parent pick-up/drop off.

Learning Objectives:
  • The programming for this school requires flexible spaces and flexible thinking.
  • Students in this school are adapted to open spaces with visible (and audible) influence from other classes around them.
  • With the high cost of construction, coupled with the increasing availability of commercial buildings, this concept opens the mind to re-purposing space to accommodate a learning environment
  • Parents of students at this school either live or work within 5 miles of the campus, making it a true “downtown” school. This environment creates a community within itself of parents with similar day to day lives.
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