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The Bornblum Solomon Schechter Schoolconstruction-tractor in Memphis, TN will be breaking ground this summer on a significant expansion of its current facilities. The expansion of just under15,000 square feet includes a new auditorium, an extension of the gymnasium, additional classroom space which will be the new home of upper grades, additional conference and office space, and both improved computer facilities and enrichment and support facilities. Completion of the expansion is anticipated in early 2008.

Chicagoland Jewish High School, IL (CJHS) will be moving this fall from its temporary location in Morton Grove to a new, 72,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art campus in Deerfield, a suburb in the North Shore of Chicago, which will ultimately accommodate four hundred students. The new site is approximately one mile from the Sager Solomon Schechter campus in Northbrook.

Harry B. Kellman Academy, NJ is moving to a new location. They are expecting to be occupying their new space by the fall of 2008. They are moving approximately 6 miles east of their current location which puts them into the heart of the Jewish community. The school will renovate an existing building. It will be a 50,000 square foot school with playing fields and play ground space adjacent to the building. They are planning to build out an environmentally friendly and technology rich school. The school will be on two floors. The first floor is 39,000 square feet; they will be fitting out 11,000 square feet of the second floor thus leaving 28,000 square feet for future expansion. Their capital campaign is well under way and they are seeing a very positive response from the community.

At Hillel Day School, MI they are enjoying the first year of a new addition. The new construction expanded the school building by 17,000 square feet and includes a regulation size gym, theater arts facility with changing rooms, additional storage, lobby and pre-function area, as well as new offices for the development and accounting departments. It undertook a $5 million capital campaign to cover the construction and it was fully funded when the ground was broken. The students love their new gym!

Pinellas County Jewish Day School, FL is adding 4 classrooms and an administrative office to cover growth through 2011.  The school has been growing at approximately 5% per year and is completely out of classrooms.  They anticipate construction to begin in 6 months to be completed by the Fall 2008.

The Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy is planning to build a second school building to expand its campus to meet its enrollment expansion and to upgrade its facilities. The new construction will include additional classroom spaces, a gymnasium, middle school science lab, an art studio, and multi-purpose space. The school is part of Temple Beth Am, a large Conservative synagogue and the expansion will also meet the space needs of the synagogue. The project is in the silent campaign phase of the fundraising. The project is estimated to cost $25 – $28 million dollars including all soft costs and architects fees.

Sinai Akiba Academy, CA is embarking on a total renovation of two floors that house its middle school, fifth grade, library, a gymnasium and other related facilities. It is a “tear-down,” meaning that they are reconfiguring all 40,000 square feet to make for better use of space, increase instructional and library space, and provide an up-to-date environment to replace one that is 40 years old and was not originally designed with a day school in mind. It is a project of $6 million+, with construction scheduled for this summer. The school has received a $1 million gift from a grandparent family, $1 million from an anonymous donor, and $2.5 million from a former family (past school board president) who now are grandparents at the school, plus many others.

SSDS of Essex and Union, NJ expects to break ground this summer on an ‘enhancement’ to the Upper School campus.  This will include the gutting & rebuilding of the four science labs, expansion and renovation of the guidance wing, expansion of the administrative office suite and creation of a new admissions/development office suite.

The Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas, NV is part of the Abbie and David Friedman Multi-Generational Pavilion at Temple Beth Sholom. Groundbreaking ceremonies will take place on Sunday, May 6 at 11:00 AM. The Abbie and David Freidman Multi-Generational Pavilion will serve the children as well as the adults and seniors of the community. Included within the plans for this Pavilion are a gymnasium, art studio, children’s chapel, children’s library, science lab, movie screening room, exercise room, kosher kitchen and a cafeteria. This new Pavilion will provide a new home for the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas and much-needed space for Temple Beth Sholom’s two other schools; the Mallin Early Childhood Center and the Mack School of Religious Studies.

The South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, MA purchased a beautiful wooded, conveniently located site in late 2005, with nearly 5 acres of space and three existing office buildings. The site was acquired at a very reasonable cost of $3.6 million. A school architect has designed a state of the art new campus with more than 50,000 square feet of space. The new campus will provide the space for a broader range of school curricular and extra-curricular programming, accommodate growth and make SASSDS more convenient for most of the 20 communities it currently serves. A centerpiece of the new campus will be the Israel Arbeiter Gallery of Understanding where the Greater Boston community at large and SASSDS students will work with students from local public and parochial schools to pursue musical and artistic projects that promote interfaith understanding.. A capital campaign to raise &7.5 million is well underway, with approximately 3/4 of the required funds having been committed to date. Thanks to a below-market interest rate tax-exempt bond offering, the school has been able to embark on construction in time for school opening in the Fall of 2007.

Summer 2007
Groundbreaking along with a photo of Jon Mitzmacher with Abbie Friedman (the naming donor) and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada).