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Orchestra director Bill Evans says he is tired of the Fine Arts always being the "next" priority on the list, and never making it to the top.
Orchestra director Bill Evans says he is tired of the Fine Arts always being the "next" priority on the list, and never making it to the top.
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November 19, 2016

Limited Finances May Mean Delay For Stevens High School Fine Arts Expansion

Limited finances may put a halt to plans for an expanded Fine Arts wing at Stevens High School, among other things, reports the Rapid City Journal.

Now that the issue of teacher pay has been addressed through the half-cent sales tax, attention is shifting to maintenance and construction.  The suggestions made by MGT America in their report about the Rapid City Area Schools facilities last spring, include a Fine Arts expansion for Stevens High School and a new building for South Middle School.  The recommendations also include upkeep and maintenance tasks for the buildings already in existence; things like hazardous material replacement, fire alarm upgrades, lighting upgrades, lock and keyless entry upgrades, and improvements to building drainage sites.  Currently, Stevens is forced to hold orchestra classes, for example, in the hallways and alcoves, which can be a safety hazard.  Priorities for district spending will be discussed at the School Board study session on December 10th.

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