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.
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.
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.