The beginning of this 2015-16 school year also marks the beginning of the final year of Transforming Lives. Transforming Education. Lab’s Capital Campaign. Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community, our gifts and pledges currently stand at $9.8 million towards the $10 million goal. After much thought and analysis, we have decided to raise the goal to $12 million.
The decision to increase the Capital Campaign goal was based on the generous response we have already received, our very real need to go beyond the original fundraising goal of $10 million and the realization that, so far, we have only been able to invite a small percentage of the Lab community to join in this transformative effort. Over the course of this final year, our Campaign Chairs and Parent Committee are reaching out broadly to connect our families with the Campaign. Katherine Schantz, head of School, recently commented, “my personal goal is to be able to sit down with as many Lab families and friends as possible, to explain the importance of this effort and to ask them to join with us in this transformation of Lab’s campus.”
The high school project date is still on track for a spring 2016 opening, and we have begun working with an architect to design plans for the renovation of the Middle School. The vision for the renovation includes adding a new top floor. The wing currently housing the theatre and the arts classroom will become a Center for the Arts. The facility will house large, open, flexibly designed art studios which will adapt to a full range of media. We plan to also expand the theater, add a new music room and a dance studio – all complementing Lab’s emphasis on music and movement as important artistic expressions.