District Cuts Ribbon on ‘New’ OBHS Library
During a magical night of celebration and new opportunities for success, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District Board of Education, staff, students and parents came together to mark a new era in education. With a pair of gigantic scissors, the District officially cut the ribbon on the newly renovated library at Oyster Bay High School and thanked Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie for his role in bringing the District’s vision to life.
“We are so excited to welcome everyone this evening to our new and enhanced high school library,” said Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Superintendent of Schools. “Tonight we are honoring Legislator MacKenzie because he was instrumental in securing a legislative grant for $150,000 to support this incredible renovation.”
The full-house event, held during the Oct. 17 Board of Education meeting, paid tribute to the legislator with a musical performance by a brass quintet of Oyster Bay High School students, a video production of the new library, and a sneak preview of the high school’s upcoming drama, Romeo and Juliet, which takes the stage at Vernon School at 7 p.m., Oct. 27. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Dr. Seinfeld presented a token of gratitude to the legislator on behalf of the District and some light refreshments were enjoyed by attendees.
“The idea for this improvement did not come from me,” said Legislator MacKenzie, “it came from all of you to enhance a learning environment for students filled with opportunities and technology and I, of course, am here as a partner to help you with that and I hope we can find some other opportunities in the future to continue to make things better for our kids to learn.”
The refurbished library was collaboratively developed with Dr. Lisa Mulhall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, taking the lead. The renovation captures the feel of a college library, offering comfortable couches in quiet corners for studying or working in small groups, movable chairs and tables that accommodate large or small groups, counter height chairs and tables for a more relaxed study area, two dozen state-of-the art computers and an “Innovation Center” where students can focus on digital design using more specialized technology, such as 3D printers. The gold and purple color scheme celebrates Oyster Bay’s tradition, but in a modern, streamlined fashion, with new carpeting anchoring the entire space.
Since its opening, the library has garnered rave reviews from students and staff. Dr. Seinfeld said the goal of the project was to provide students with a modern, functional area that seamlessly accommodates the way students learn today.
A brass quintet, under the direction of Mr. Matthew Sisia, kicked off the celebration.
Katherine Usaquen as the nurse, left, and Bella Rosenthal as Juliet perform as scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet Director Dr. Ryan O'Hara introduces the cast.
Pictured in back row, from left, are: Board Trustees Todd Cronin, Laurie Kowalsky, and Dr. Michael Castellano; Oyster Bay High School Library Media Specialist Christopher Weber, Board of Education President John McEvoy and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Lisa Mulhall. In front row, from left, are: Board of Education Trustee Dr. Alexandria (Aliex) Ross, Board of Education Vice President Ann Marie Longo, Trustee Robin Dando, Nassau County Legislator Donald MacKenzie, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld and Oyster Bay High School Principal Sharon Lasher.