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Public Library could be moving into school district

(WEAU) - The D.R. Moon Public Library may be moving from its address on Fourth Avenue to the Stanley Boyd School District, about a half a mile away.

“I think our facility is grossly inadequate as it fits today in Stanley. It doesn't offer the computer services that it should have available because there isn't the space and also it doesn't have enough services for children,” said Mayor Dave Jankoski.

The changes would include more space than the current public library provides. As a result the mayor is in favor of at least saving the building.

"I am definitely in favor of saving the public library building, its on the national register. But I do support the idea of moving the library to the school if we can work out an arrangement with the school," said Mayor Dave Jankoski.

Not all community members are in favor of the move. Brian Solie started a petition drive against the move that has already gathered 560 signatures.

“Well of course the people who use this library, most of them are opposed to the move. We have an elderly person who likes to walk to the library” said the Public Library Director Susan Director.

Meanwhile the District Superintendant, Jim Jones, doesn't see any hindrance on the school district to allow community members on school grounds.

“We’re already open because of the pool. So we already have that public element in and out of that very same door,” said District Superintendant Jim Jones.

There's another meeting between stakeholders in the next month or so. The move hinges on an agreement between all parties. The mayor added that the estimated cost for the move is 70,000 dollars, mostly for shelving. If it moves, he says City Hall would move into the library building.


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