School ready for move to JRP

The last day of July will be the first day of moving week for the School of Education.

Faculty and staff will be moving from Bailey Hall and the Dole Center to the newly restructured Joseph R. Pearson Hall and Teacher Education Center.

The move marks the first time in the education school's 90-year history that nearly all of the faculty and staff will be housed in the same building, said Dean Karen S. Gallagher.

Gallagher said: "Our new facility will provide the best learning opportunities available to future teachers, administrators, counselors and psychologists in the United States.

"These new state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities will enable KU to attract the best students and faculty, to add seminal research and grant activities, and to make new resources available to educators throughout Kansas and the nation."
The public may tour the school's new home during an Oct. 21 open house and during the formal dedication, April 21, 2001.

To coordinate moving 235 people and their furnishings, Gallagher contracted a professional move-planning firm, FaciliTEAM of North Kansas City, Mo., to assist. Jim Hultine, assistant to the dean, heads the school's move management team, which has met regularly throughout the past year to prepare for the move.

Originally constructed in 1958 as a men's residence hall, the seven-story Joseph R. Pearson Hall has been transformed by a $14.1 million project into a 105,000 square-foot, student-centered building with 18 state-of-the-art classrooms in addition to laboratory and clinical facilities and office spaces. Renovation work, designed by Evans Gould architects of Lawrence, began in August 1998.

In recent years, the school has been housed in four locations: three on the Lawrence campus - Bailey Hall, Robinson Center and Dole Center - and one at the KU Medical Center. Offices for the health, sport and exercise sciences department will remain in Robinson, and a few offices for the Center for Research on Learning will remain in Dole.













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