Remodeling projects to both Nicolet High School libraries will not take place this summer after appeals to potential major donors fell short.
The Nicolet High School Foundation has been approaching private contacts since summer in hopes of raising about half toward the $1.5 million price tag before kicking off a general fundraising appeal. About $750,000 in pledges was needed by the end of January in order for the project to move forward this coming summer.
"It's not going to happen this summer," Nicolet District Administrator Rick Monroe said to the Facility Committee on Feb. 18.
Monroe is co-chairman of the fundraising effort, which will continue.
"We're still active in the fundraising department, we haven't hit it lucky yet," he said.
Work in the larger D-wing library would include excavating an area under the library floor to add a computer lab in the basement, Director of Facilities Brian Reiels said. Technology would be upgraded and aesthetic improvements made.
The circulation desk would be moved closer to the library door and the nearby stairwell would be closed and moved to a more centrally located place. Closing the stairway would improve traffic flow, Reiels said.
In addition, the library would be expanded west to incorporate what is called the little theater. Some classes are held there in addition to one-act plays and other small performances.
The one-act plays could be performed in the school auditorium and space would be found for other performances held in the little theater, Reiels said.
Remodeling the smaller F-wing library would include creating a Center for Academic Excellence where small group or individual instruction would be given.
The area where the books are would become a community space available to all teachers and the Recreation Department, Reiels said. It could be used for things like guest speakers and small concerts, he said.
The F-wing library collection would be culled and the remaining materials sent to the D-wing library.
"It'll happen, it's just a matter of when," Monroe said after the meeting. "The downturn in the economy definitely had an impact on people's ability to make the kind of contributions we're looking for."
Jane Ford-Stewart can be reached at (262) 446-6607.
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