At the National School Board Convention on November 18 and 19, Meridian High School was presented with the Award of Distinction for their new building.
The Award of Distinction was awarded by the IASB (Illinois Association of School Boards). This award is given to schools that had the best building projects that were completed in the last year. Architects submit what projects they’ve worked on, then judges look at the change of what the building was to what it is now, how energy efficient it is, the overall design, and if the school is prepared for 21-century learning.
“I thought it was a great recognition for all the people who worked hard for the project, not just currently, but this project really started in 2003,” says superintendent Mr. Brue, “It’s a huge recognition for our community who’ve worked so long to make this project come together.”
There were 23 other projects nominated, six of which were awarded something. There’s also four different levels, with the Award of Distinction being the first level. The award was also given to the West Chicago High School Science Department.
“It seemed like such a long process, but to finally get to the end and to be rewarded [and] honored for what we accomplished is pretty special,” says MHS principal Mr. Huerlbrink. He also adds that this award shows that the money for the project was well spent and worth it, and that project might have been lengthy, but overall it paid off.
English teacher Mr. Rude says, “I’m really fortunate to have moved from the middle school to the high school in the first year of this brand new building.” He also states that this shows what can be done when community members come together.