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John Poole opens new chapter with Scecina library project


Facilities Manager John Poole spent a lot of time this summer with the blueprints for Scecina's library redesign and modernization project. It will be open for Scecina's Open House on Oct. 13.  

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

Scecina Facilities Manager John Poole likes big projects. 

At his home, he just built a new garage to store his 2008 Mustang GT. As facilities manager at St. Malachy Catholic Church and School in Brownsburg, he oversaw two capital campaign projects. That meant relocating four miles north of the town on 60 acres and overseeing the design and construction of a 33,000-square-foot church and a 70,000-square-foot elementary school. 

At Scecina, Poole most recently has been in charge of the library modernization project. It’s a major transformation, the first renovation of the space since the school opened in 1953.

Many students, teachers, staff and even community groups are itching to get into the new space. The Scecina Open House, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 13, will be one of the first public showings of the remodeled library. A formal opening is being planned for later this month.

“We should be very proud and thankful for all the hard work and hours that went into the project by not only the contractors but also the Scecina administration, staff and financial contributors that made this awesome space possible,” says Poole. “It will serve our students and the Scecina community for many years.” 

Poole, who came to Scecina in February 2015, also oversaw the cafeteria renovation project last summer. 

“The cafeteria was basically a face lift,” he explained, “as the library is a complete transformation: new HVAC system, new entryway, LED lighting, new glass, interior and exterior, technology and furnishings.”

The actual design work of the library started about 12 months ago after meetings with students and staff about what they would like to see in the redesigned space. Demolition of the library began on June 6. Work continued through the summer. When students started back Aug. 8, the area was walled off so as to not disturb classes. 

Poole and his wife, Donna, attend St. Susanna Catholic Church in Plainfield. He and Donna, who is a contract compliance specialist for the Indiana Department of Transportation, have two daughters and four grandchildren. 

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