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Auditoriums once again placed on back burner

Posted: June 25, 2008 12:32 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Just when the Hart district was making progress toward completing the auditoriums at Golden Valley and West Ranch high schools, another setback has delayed the projects that began when the schools were built in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

The auditorium plans cleared the Department of State Architects in mid May, and the district expected to hear whether they would receive grant money through Proposition 1D the first week of June. Then they received some bad news.

"We were notified that (the state) has delayed their decision by six months," said Rob Gapper, chief operations officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District. "We were excited about the (Proposition) 1D money, because we were able to enhance the project, but it has now created a delay in the start of the project."

While the outside shells of the auditoriums were completed when the schools were built, the insides of the buildings are still lacking a stage, carpeting and seats. The schools were built with state-regulated "hardship funds," which ran out before the auditoriums could be completed.

The district applied for Career Technical Education grants through Proposition 1D, upgrading the auditorium designs to meet the requirements.

"Part of the application process was we needed to integrate the equipment into the design," Gapper said. "Now we have a building that is designed with the upgraded sound and lighting, and we're not going to know whether we're going to get that grant money for about five months."

The district plans to go out to bid on the projects, and then wait to see if they receive the grant money.

"We made the final cut, and we're pretty high on the list, so we think we're going to get the money," Gapper said. "We're in a holding pattern until we hear when the state is going to award that money."


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