A community brainstorming session was held regarding the topic of the Darlington High School (DHS) library and media center update and remodel project on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The meeting was held from 6-8 p.m. in the DHS library and was facilitated by Molly Finkenbinder a DHS graduate who is now the Cuba City library media specialist.
The point of the meeting was to have as many people as possible bring up any ideas or thoughts for the project to be considered by everyone in attendance. A number of ideas were shared by the 36 people at the meeting and according to Marcia Aas, DHS district library media coordinator, many more people wanted to attend, but had conflicting plans for the date and time that the meeting was held.
Deb and Steve Pickett, who have applied for the creation of a 501c3 organization in order to fundraise and have donations for the project be tax deductible, were also in attendance and spoke at the meeting.
Deb Pickett said they want to get as many people involved with this project as possible in order to cultivate a community idea of what the new DHS library and media center should be.
During the meeting attendees split into a number of small groups and came up with ideas regarding things like the technology of the facility, the bricks and mortar foundation aspect of the space and other areas that could be updated.
Attendees also put their contact info on a sign up sheet that was passed around so that the ideas brought up during the meeting could be consolidated and sent to all who attended the meeting and wished to be involved in the future of the project.
DHS principal Doug McArthur and Darlington Community Schools administrator Denise Wellnitz were in attendance at the meeting as well as several other DHS staff and school board members.
At the end of the meeting Wellnitz explained that another community meeting will be planned in the future to see where the project will be heading.