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Galva-Holstein anticipating new Performing Arts Center

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hope to begin construction in July, open in Spring 2009

The Galva-Holstein school, like most schools in smaller Northwest Iowa towns, has been using its school gymnasium to present school plays, banquets, and other school and city events ever since the school was built. Two or three years ago, Superintendent of Schools Harold Post and the Galva-Holstein Foundation began discussing the possibility of building a Performing Arts Center on the campus, to be used by both the school and city to present non-athletic events such as plays in a better setting, and allow the gymnasium to return to its original purpose - a place to have physical education classes and play basketball and volleyball games and wrestling matches.

Dr. Harold Post
With that in mind, the Foundation contacted Neumann Monson Wictor architects to develop a building plan, and began a variety of fund raising activities throughout the community. The GH Foundation was formed in 1992 to "provide assistance to the Galva-Holstein School District," and its members have been meeting once a week since the Performing Arts Center plan was developed. Current members of the Foundation include President Kathy Breyfogle, Vice President Duane Pearson, Treasurer Roger Dentlinger,Secretary Rita Frahm, Ken Buell, Bobbi Lamp, Trisha Clausen, Gretchen Cooney, Vickie Heck, Doug Leonard and Pam Rohlk.

Funding for the estimated $2.1 million project was helped immeasurably by a $500,000 donation from VT Industries' Clausen family, and generous gifts have also been received from individuals and businesses such as Galva-Holstein Ag LLC.

floor plan for the Galva-Holstein Performing Arts Center
One interesting donation occurred when The Galva-Holstein school principals, Superintendent, Athletic Director and Business Manager pledged $25,000 to the project, then challenged the teachers to do the same - a goal thay have just about reached. Some "seats" are being sold for $1200 apiece, though Superintendent Post said this will not guarantee donors a reserved seat, but will earn the donor mention on a wall of donors.

To date, approximately 90% of the needed funds have been raised, and Superintendent Post said that construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in July. Bids have been let to contractors and will soon be reviewed. The building will be located at the front of the school, off the current Administative wing, between the elementary school and the High School Gym. The school parking lot will thus be covenient for use by patrons of the Performing Arts Center. The current floor plan is shown elsewhere on the page. The auditorium will have seating for 400

The hope is that the school and cities - both Holstein and Galva - will use the new facility equally. In addition to plays, music concerts, and faculty meetings, it is believed that local businesses may want to use the facility for their business meetings. It was also noted that, should the Holstein movie theatre ever close, the new building is set up to allow movie projection.

The tentative opening date for the Galva-Holstein Performing Arts Center is the spring of 2009.

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