GHS auditorium improvements underway

  • Friday, April 18, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/Times As part of the remodel of the Georgetown High School auditorium, the stage area has been expanded. Work is expected to be completed in time for the next school year.

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Renovations for a state-of-the-art auditorium at Georgetown High School is two months ahead of schedule and should be ready in August for the 2014-15 school year, according to Mike Rolison, project manager with SGA Architecture.

Rolison presented a construction update for the auditorium at the Georgetown County School Board’s regular board work session meeting on Tuesday.

He commended the contractor for the project, H.G. Reynolds out of Aiken, S.C., for being aggressive in scheduling and the school for its cooperation.

“We all know it is important to have that part of the school ready as soon as possible,” Rolison said. “We wanted to get in and get it finished so it would be less interruption to school activities.”

The renovation project began in January.

The newly renovated 15,000-square-foot auditorium will have increased seating capacity for up to 700, and half of those will have tablet arm desks for students.

It will also have upgraded audio-visual equipment systems, new lighting, walls and floors, and enhanced acoustical properties.

There will be a new stage with new curtains and a lobby addition, Rolison said.

Lisa Ackerman, with Business Services for the school district, reported that the project will cost a total of $2.91 million and will be paid off over three years.

Other business

Dr. Carole Sorrenti, executive director for Special Services, presented her wish list for next year’s budget.

She said her department’s biggest need is instructional materials for students with special needs.

The materials would be for preschool students up through grade 12.

“Children with disabilities are supposed to learn with specially designed materials,” Sorrenti said.

“Teachers have to have proper tools to do their jobs.”

She added that due to enrollment, the district will need another 4-year-old kindergarten class in the Georgetown area.

Sorrenti said the district also needs a lead therapist for students in high schools with emotional needs.

Jon Tester, executive director for Human Resources, stated that he had no budget requests, but wanted to report cost saving measures by the department.

These cost saving measures included suspending substitute training since there are currently 475 trained substitutes in the district, electronic communication instead of paper, and thorough background checks on employees and volunteers.

“We appear to be in great shape,” Tester said.

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