New media center at St. Maria Goretti 'neat'

October 17, 1997


Staff Writer

There was a rush of activity Friday in the "Electric Library" as St. Maria Goretti High School students began exploring the power of the computer.

Some of the assignments covered the basics like word processing, while other students in the Catholic school began checking out colleges they may want to attend.

Students discovered they could e-mail their college applications or slip in a CD-ROM and practice answering Scholastic Assessment Test questions.

"It's neat. It's not like when I was in school," said Michelle Baluch, the librarian in the newly opened media center.


The media center is the result of the school's work to make the school ready for the technological advances in the second millennium. School officials, along with new principal Anthony M. Durso, have been planning the new learing center consisting of a library, computer lab and conference facility where students can use computers to help them with their work.

The center was developed in a convent which became available when two nuns moved to Baltimore, said Diane Favret, director of development and recruiting.

Practically the whole building was renovated when workers replaced floors, installed a new kitchen, painted the interior and built a chapel which is trimmed in Italian marble, said Favret.

"We want the students to feel comfortable here. We're really proud of it," said Favret.

In one room, students explore the Internet to complete their assignments. Then they make printouts of material they gather and report to other students and teachers in a conference room about what they found and how useful it is to students.

The center, which took about three months to complete, cost $75,000.

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