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Auditorium construction starts in July

Posted: March 8, 2008 12:40 a.m.
Updated: May 9, 2008 5:03 a.m.
If all goes according to plan, Golden Valley and West Ranch high schools will both get a nice, big Christmas present this year: The completion of the schools' auditoriums.

While the shells for the auditoriums were built with state hardship funding when the schools were built, students were left waiting for the seating, ceilings, lighting and other finishing touches to be completed.

Construction will begin July 1 to finish the projects, with a completion date tentatively set for late December.

"There are other things in those buildings, so we saved money by going ahead with the shell at that time," said Pat Willett, William S. Hart Union High School District spokeswoman.

Since the original plans were designed, changes have been made to the ceiling, which has been redesigned to be more functional, less expensive and quicker to construct. Staff members at the schools have also reviewed the audio-visual equipment specifications in the original bid documents and have made suggestions for improvements.

Once completed, the 8,000-square-foot auditoriums will each seat 580, with an estimated combined cost of $2,075,000.

The Hart district has applied for Proposition 1D funds to supplement the cost of the project. Passed by voters in November 2006, Proposition 1D contains funding specifically set aside for facilities designed for Career Technical Education programs.

"You have to have a program that has been approved by business people and educators in the community, and you have to have a curriculum that supports training in a technical way," said Rob Gapper, chief operations officer for the district.

The Career Technical Education program that the district is focusing on in its application is theater arts, specifically careers in lighting, sound and stage craft.

The application, if approved, could supplement the project by up to $1.27 million in matching state funding. The district has also applied for Proposition 1D funds to use for the Hart High School modernization.

"If we are successful in getting this Proposition 1D money, we will receive $1.2 million at West Ranch and Golden Valley and $528,000 at Hart High School," Gapper said. "The reason those projects were selected is because we already have the Measure V money to make the match."


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