Moabery school to ‘LEED’ the fu­ture in ed­u­ca­tion

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The Saint An­drew’s School Board of Trustees and school ad­min­is­tra­tion proudly ded­i­cated its new “green” 26,400-square-foot ad­di­tion Moabery Early Years Learn­ing Cen­ter. This new ad­di­tion is at­tached to the cur­rent 35,000-square-foot Nina and Edgar Otto Lower School Cam­pus. The ad­di­tion is named af­ter Lower School par­ents, Cathy and Ab­dol Moabery, who have made a lead­er­ship gift of $1.5 mil­lion to the School. The en­tire ex­pan­sion of­fers Saint An­drew’s School the abil­ity to open two new sec­tions of ju­nior kinder­garten and the ad­di­tion of a third sec­tion in each grade from kinder­garten through grade 5.

The Moabery Early Years Learn­ing Cen­ter is de­signed to be LEED Cer­ti­fied—Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign — at the Gold Level, in com­pli­ance with the United States Green Build­ing Coun­cil. Saint An­drew’s School is the first K-12 school reg­is­tered as a “LEED for Schools” project in South Florida.

The LEED for Schools Green Build­ing Rat­ing Sys­tem rec­og­nizes the unique na­ture of the de­sign and construction of K-12 schools. Based on LEED for New Construction, it ad­dresses is­sues such as class­room acous­tics, mas­ter plan­ning, mold preven­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal site as­sess­ment. By ad­dress­ing the unique­ness of school spa­ces and chil­dren’s health is­sues, LEED for Schools pro­vides a unique, com­pre­hen­sive tool for schools that wish to build green, with mea­sur­able re­sults. LEED for Schools is the rec­og­nized third-party stan­dard for high per­for­mance schools that are healthy for stu­dents, comfortable for teach­ers, and cost-ef­fec­tive.

“We are so for­tu­nate that an ex­traor­di­nary lead­er­ship com­mit­ment has been made by Cathy and Ab­dol Moabery to es­tab­lish the Moabery Early Years Learn­ing Cen­ter,” said Dr. Ann Marie Kre­j­carek, head­mas­ter. “The new ad­di­tion pro­vides us with a health­ier, more en­ergy ef­fi­cient en­vi­ron­ment for our chil­dren while pro­vid­ing con­di­tions that en­hance achieve­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sain­tan­drewss­chool.net.

Lower School Head Dun­can Hos­sack and Ju­nior Kinder­garten stu­dent Re­becca Fried­man en­joy the new swing set at the Moabery Early Years Learn­ing Cen­ter.

Cathy Moabery, left, Ab­dol Moabery, Kevin Brol­ley and Dun­can Hos­sack

Kevin Brol­ley, left, Troy McClel­lan, Dan Hodge­man, Ed­die Ven­trice, Cathy Moabery, Morghyn Moabery, Chase Moabery, Ab­dol Moabery, Dr. Ann Marie Kre­j­carek, Denise Bas, John Mezzetta and Dun­can Hos­sack

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