Friday, March 2, 2012

Plans to Renovate Auditorium Move Forward

Superintendent David Quattrone has completed presentations about the proposed auditorium renovations to the Bronxville School Foundation, the PTA, and all three School Councils.  Using the schematic design prepared by District architects KG&D, Quattrone emphasized that the facility is an important space for teaching and learning as well as a place of assembly for parents and community.  The last structural renovation of the auditorium was over fifty years ago, and today the facility is in bad disrepair, with the balcony closed for occupancy.  The new design calls for improved seating configuration, more space between rows, better acoustics, and air conditioning. A new side lobby maximizes seating capacity (508), improves traffic flow, and provides better access to classrooms behind the stage.

The estimated budget for this project is $7.5 million, and the Board is now exploring the dimensions of a private/public partnership with representatives from the PTA and Foundation. The Foundation has earmarked in excess of $600,000 for such projects, and the PTA is focusing this year's fund-raising efforts on this project. Last year the Board of Education established a capital reserve of $2,000,000 to support the District's five-year master plan.