The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lyndhurst conducted a groundbreaking ceremony with the Board of Education for the new Lyndhurst Junior High School on October 11, 2016 at 4:30 PM at Matera Field. Preliminary designs for the school were provided by local architecture and engineering firms LAN Associates and CP Professional Services, in collaboration with two other architecture firms.
The new Lyndhurst Junior High School will serve the 7th, 8th and 9th grades, and provide relief and expansion opportunities to the existing high school and elementary schools. The approximately 110,000 square foot Junior High School will include a three story academic wing, a visual and performing arts theater, and a full size gymnasium with auxiliary gym, locker rooms, weight room and an athletic field. The academic facilities will include a state-of-the-art culinary arts facility and active learning classrooms. It will also provide for instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Additional project highlights include a 21st century pedagogy, where students learn from doing rather than listening. The new facility proposes flexible classroom spaces where the teacher can rearrange furniture to adapt to their lesson plans. Desks and chairs can be moved together to form learning lab tables or informal gathering areas. The design takes day-lighting strategies into consideration, where natural light is seen throughout the majority of classrooms and corridors.
The new Lyndhurst Junior High School, a $50M project, is part of the Township’s campaign on Renewing our Schools and Community with a Dedication to Excellence. The new Junior High School replaces the 130-year old Lincoln School as part of the redevelopment of Township facilities.