The music room had undergone some renovations a few years ago, but the art room was "basically gutted," including the installation of a new resin floor to withstand the art forms completed in the room, such as ceramics, and the addition of new LED lighting, blinds, audio-visual equipment, drawing desks and stools, Schergen said.
"It looks like a completely different space," he said. "It actually looks like a dedicated art space."
Music teacher Nicole Lapwing said she received new percussion equipment and electric guitars, a portable sound system, portable speaker, music cabinets, new outfits for band and choir, and risers.
Ann Pasteur, Fine Arts Department chairwoman and art teacher, said the new, consistent LED lighting "changes everything" because she is able to see students' artwork more clearly.
"Too often the arts are overlooked in every school, public or private, so just to be recognized and appreciated in this way was the most wonderful thing that anybody could have done," Pasteur said.