A Look at Fine Arts & Safety Aspects of LG School Bond
LGISD Press Release
Of the $37.9 million bond called by the La Grange ISD Board of Trustees, $2.315 million is designated for Fine Arts and safety improvements at the High School/Middle School campus.
During the facility planning process, members of the Bond Steering Committee identified the need for more Fine Arts space at the HS/MS to accommodate program growth.
The bond proposal calls for an addition and renovation to the existing Band Hall. Once complete, the new Band Hall will be almost twice its current size.
Besides a larger Band Hall, the addition will include more instrument and uniform storage as well as a music library, practice rooms, and music office.
A new secure entrance vestibule is planned for the High School campus, similar to the entrance at the Middle School. The vestibule will direct campus visitors through the office for a visitor badge before gaining access to hallways and classrooms.
Superintendent Bill Wagner affirmed, “The District works diligently to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Having a secure entrance vestibule at the High School will help us more closely monitor who is entering the campus during the school day.”
The bond proposal also includes renovating the Auditorium on the Hermes campus to better accommodate community events, band, theater, and orchestra productions.
Alizabeth Calhoun, the District’s One Act Play Director, expressed, “My biggest concern is that we do not have a UIL-compliant stage or the lighting and sound components that our peer districts have to adequately prepare La Grange ISD students for UIL competition.”
Calhoun continued, “Our student actors work hard and are exceptional. But our technical students also need to be technically proficient. Our stage is too small, we lack dressing rooms and storage areas, and our sound and lighting system are not up to current standards.”
The bond proposal calls for renovations and upgrades to the existing Auditorium to include new seating, dressing rooms, stage rigging, lights, sound system, and a control booth. Upon completion, the updated Auditorium could host community events, large scale events, and even festivals.
Improvements to the parent drive and bus drive at the HS/MS are also proposed to improve traffic flow and safety on the campus.