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South Dakota school to get $10M performing arts center

July 29, 2018

BERESFORD, S.D. (AP) — A school district in southeastern South Dakota is planning a project that includes a $10 million performing arts center attached to the high school.

The Beresford School District’s Watchdog Legacy Project is currently in the funding stages, the Yankton Press & Dakotan reported .

Superintendent Brian Field announced in May that the project involves adding 47,000 square feet, remodeling 3,800 square feet and removing the multipurpose room in favor of the 750-seat Grace Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“The theater will include a 75-foot fly loft and grid for staging sets, as well as wings to enhance performances,” Field said. “The layout of the theater will include natural acoustics, along with a high quality sound, lighting and technology system, along with a modified orchestra pit.”

The project also includes an auxiliary gym and a fitness center with its own parking and entrance.

Jared Olson is the business manager for the school district. He says the plan to finance the project has three parts, said Jared Olson, the district’s business manager. The first phase involves raising between $1.5 and $3 million locally in donations and pledges. The project has raised about $500,000 so far.

The second phase involves a bond issue of about $11 million, which at least 60 percent of the district’s voters must approve. The district would then fund any remainder with capital outlay certificates, which would be paid off annually for 20 years.

The board could adopt a bond resolution Aug. 13 if fundraisers can meet the $1.5 million mark in time. Voters could see a ballot issue on the proposed bond issue as early as October.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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