More than half of the $500,000 has been matched so far, according to the Oakwood Schools Foundation.
Gay Lane said she was involved in the arts in a number of ways while at OHS.
“I feel really strongly about the campaign because of my involvement in high school with the theater arts. We produced musicals and I participated in anything and in any way I could — backstage, the orchestra, the band, the choir,” she said. “I would do anything except be on stage … and I loved it.
“The Flourish campaign will provide students with unique experiences to learn about themselves, to make new friends and to discover new talents,” she added. “I think it’s a wonderful addition to the school system and I think it will enhance everybody’s lives and further enrich the community, which is already very special.”
Oakwood Superintendent Kyle Ramey said district officials “look forward to closing that gap” to $7 million “over the next several weeks and months.”
Doug Lane “was the catalyst in the conversation when we were opening Lane Stadium and talking about how we can take and do even more with private and public partnerships that are going on,” Ramey added.
The project would renovate the 114-year-old Far Hills Avenue building’s art area for “a new Visual Arts Center that includes new classrooms, and an open art gallery to showcase and celebrate student, alumni and community art,” foundation records state.
The plan also calls for updating the auditorium with acoustical and video enhancements, theatrical lighting and equipment upgrades.
A groundbreaking for the project is targeted for December, according to the foundation. It will be a three-phased project with fundraising continuing through 2023, officials said.