CAPITAL PROJECT UPDATE
Included in the voter-approved Building Our 2nd Century II Capital Project is the renovation and upgrade of the high school’s auditorium. Originally slated to close next school year, the auditorium will now close in January 2020 and the construction timeline will be updated to allow renovation work to begin earlier than planned.
When proposing auditorium renovations to voters, it was known that the structural integrity of the ceiling needed to be addressed. (It is the original ceiling from 1954.) However, at the recent holiday concerts it became visibly apparent that the deterioration of the ceiling has escalated. The plaster is crumbling and even larger chunks of it are now falling. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, it was determined that the best course of action is to close the auditorium and allow the architects and construction managers access to the space to begin preparing for the renovations ahead of schedule.
High School Principal Tim Brunson, Fine Arts Director Peter Giroux and Facilities Director Joe Scalise are in the process of reviewing the Facilities Use Calendar and making arrangements to find alternate venues for previously scheduled events.
“I am confident that this year’s events will continue as planned and will remain a source of pride for our students and families,” says Brunson. “We will find spaces that can accommodate our events and our guests.”
Venue changes will be posted on our website and shared with the community through our School News Notifier (SNN) email system. If you are not yet signed up for SNN, this would be a good time to do it. Before attending an event that is listed on the districtwide calendar that was printed in August 2019, please visit the district’s website, bhbl.org, for the updated location.