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July 4, 2010

Mr. Morgan retires as EDI Director

Mr. Larry Morgan has retired as EDI Director, a decision which became effective at the end of the last fiscal year (June 30, 2010).

Joining EDI in January 2008, Mr. Morgan directed an expansion of EDI's outreach to school district officials, focusing on service projects which directly benefit local schools. EDI projects during Mr. Morgan's tenure include everything from facility surveys to classroom additions to district-wide master plans.

During the 2009-10 fiscal year, EDI served 15 school district clients and led the 2010 EDI Studio, which utilized the skills of 18 architecture students, 16 interior design students, and two instructors to provide nine preliminary designs for the Center for Professional Futures in Blue Springs, Miss. Moreover, Mr. Morgan and I attended a total of 10 education and design conferences and, in conjunction with Dr. Ed Davis, hosted the 2010 EDI Conference in Meridian, Miss.

Prior to joining EDI, Mr. Morgan served 39 years in education as a teacher, a principal, and -- for 10 years -- as superintendent of the Booneville School District.

Those who know Mr. Morgan will understand the sincerity of my saying that it has been a privilege to work with Mr. Morgan.

Chris Cosper, AIA
Assistant Director, EDI

July 27, 2010

What Every School Needs: Talking Benches

Common sense from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

http://www.presstelegram.com/opinions/ci_15528579

Schools That Share Spaces

A section in the Mississippi School Design Guidelines discusses the advantages of schools sharing spaces. This can work both ways -- the school may borrow space or lend space. Perhaps a vocational course is taught at a local business; or, conversely, perhaps the school allows a community organization to use its gym during Wednesday evenings.

Obviously, people who used shared spaces must work together to overcome the inevitable logistical issues. However, if conflicts are managed, sharing spaces with the community can bring a school closer to the community.

See the section on Network of Shared Spaces for more information:

http://www.edi.msstate.edu/guidelines/pdf/schools_in_everyday_life.pdf

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