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New media center at Jonesboro High School features coffee, technology


The newly renovated media center inside the Academies at Jonesboro High School utilizes state-of-the-art technology. Three large Apple Smart TV’s grace the walls of the facility that opened to students on the first day of school.

“It cost $160,000 with furniture,” Kim Wilbanks, Jonesboro Public Schools superintendent said.

The renovation is the first major change in the library since the 1970’s. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday, September 14. 

Aramark, which provides food services to the district, operates the coffee bar inside the media center. It also provides breakfast and lunch options. Students encounter a feel of a bookstore and coffee shop all-in-one.

A state grant was obtained for upgrading libraries and school literacy. The brand-new library has central circulation and charging stations for up to 60 devices at a time.

The old library was stripped down to the walls, which were moved to accommodate for the new media center. Books were housed in another part of the building. They have returned; but there’s more space now for meetings and informal gatherings of students. The center is open both before and after school.  

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