After years of planning, the curtain is rising on the new Galva-Holstein performing arts center project - even if it doesn't look all that impressive yet.
"Basically, what we have is a giant hole," laughs G-H Superintendent Harold Post. "You have to use your imagination."
Construction was slightly delayed this season, but the district still hopes to have the 400-seat facility open by December.
Cost is currently estimated at $2.3 million, up slightly from the original budget of $2.1 million - and Post notes that only the building construction cost is solidly known at this time. Bids have not yet been taken for seats, lighting and other furnishings. "We feel pretty satisfied that the costs so far are running right about where they should be," the superintendent said.
The school's Foundation has been the prime motivators for the project over the past three years, working to raise most of the needed funds through local donations, and meeting regularly to push the project forward.
Not only will the ambitious Performing Arts Center revolutionize arts education in the district and give the students a place for events such as graduation and plays, it will add to the quality of life in the area communities, Post suggests.
"The Foundation set out to really design this for the community, not just for the school. In fact, they are already planning to bring in some major outside entertainment events for the whole community six to eight times each year. I would say that the school uses will amount to only about half of what could be achieved with this structure."