FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Board of Education votes to build performing
arts center at Whale Branch Early College High
BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education voted tonight to devote a portion of its borrowing capacity to building a performing arts center at Whale Branch Early College High School.
Whale Branch is the only district high school that does not have a performing arts-style auditorium for student performances and classes. It is also the only district high school that doesn’t have a larger competition gym. Parents and community supporters had urged the district to build both a performing arts center and a competition gymnasium since the high school opened in 2010.
The Board voted to build the gym on Feb. 7 and voted tonight to build the performing arts center. Both projects will be funded under a state-authorized provision that allows local school boards to borrow up to 8 percent of their districts’ assessed property value for facilities construction and improvement.
“Beyond the excitement this will certainly generate among our students, our staff and our surrounding community, the new instructional opportunities are wonderful and plentiful,” said Mona Lise Dickson, the high school’s principal. “We plan to make full use of those opportunities and enhance our kids’ educational experiences, not to mention their artistic and athletic experiences.”