Professional Development Staff Moves to New Building

Laughlin Primary School has officially become Laughlin Professional Development Center.

Earlier this week, staff from the district's Professional Development and Induction and Success departments moved from their previous home in the GCS Washington Street Annex to newly renovated offices at the former Laughlin Primary School, located at 7911 Summerfield Road.

With the new space, GCS employees will have a far roomier location to participate in staff training efforts for the district's more than 10,000 employees. The new facility will also offer a computer lab and training classrooms for beginning teachers. More than 1,100 professional development course sessions were taught during the 2010-11 school year.

"We are so grateful to the Board of Education for its support in this process," said Misti Williams, executive director of induction and professional development. "The building will be a great space to inspire and educate our employees as lifelong learners."

The move will also free up space within the Washington Street Annex building. Staff from Library Media Services, which had been split between the Washington Street and Franklin Boulevard offices, will be united at Washington Street.

The Board of Education approved the project at its Nov. 22, 2011 meeting. The board also allocated $310,000 from surplus 2000 and 2003 bond funds to provide for technology and construction upgrades and other costs associated with the move. The building was most recently used as an alternate space for students from Summerfield Elementary during that school's renovation in 2010-2011.