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Henry County Schools Cuts Ribbon on New Performing Arts Center

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Submission Date: September 21, 2020

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0019-9-2020)

Henry County Schools Cuts Ribbon on New Performing Arts Center  

Henry County Schools Cuts Ribbon on New Performing Arts Center

Newest facility expands opportunities for fine arts in county

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Members of the Henry County Board of Education and Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis cut the ribbon on the latest building project for the school district on Thursday, September 17 in front of a lobby of socially-distant community supporters.  The Henry County Performing Arts Center at Fairview was approved and completed thanks to the support of voters through the E-SPLOST V.

“We are so pleased to be able to provide this beautiful facility for the students, staff, and community,” said Board Member Annette Edwards.  “To the citizens of Henry County, we can’t say thank you enough for supporting E-SPLOST V.  It’s important for us to always provide the opportunity for our children to learn in this county, and you can see that projects like this through E-SPLOST make that happen.”

Originally approved through the E-SPLOST V Project list by voters in 2016, ground was broken on the facility in November of 2018.  The project completion time took just under two years.

The facility boasts a 1,000-seat capacity and the latest technology to enhance the experience for both performers and audience members.  The facility was designed by Manley Spangler Smith Architects and constructed by MEJA Construction Company.

“This really is the premier performing arts center in the state,” noted architect Jan Selz from Manley Spangler Smith Architects. 

The latest venue for the district’s fine arts programs expands the number of venues available to support the more than 400 events that were being hosted out of the original Henry County Performing Arts Center in McDonough.  Now there are two facilities to expand the opportunities available to the community. 

“With the addition of the Performing Arts Center in Fairview, we will now begin work to renovate and upgrade the Performing Arts Center in McDonough which is over 20 years old,” shared Henry County Schools Chief Operations Officer Josh Malcom.  “The updates to this original facility were also approved by our local voters during the E-SPLOST V referendum.”

Other features of the new facility in northern Henry County include:

  • Conference space at the back of the facility
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting
  • Wi-Fi equipped for guest usage
  • Digital signage, IPTV, and a Video On-Demand system
  • State-of-the-art sound system supported by digital signal processors, mixers, and banks of audio amplifiers

Those supporters in attendance were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the 49,000-square-foot facility and a performance by Henry County Schools junior student and pianist Kaleb Bates from Luella High School.

“This is a great day and marks another milestone for our district as we expand opportunities for our students and staff to showcase their talents to the community in a state-of-the-art venue,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis.  “If it weren’t for the voters of Henry County and their support of our schools, this all would not be possible.  A big thank you goes to everyone who played a part in this effort, including former Superintendent Rodney Bowler, past members of the board of education, and district leadership teams.”

The address of the new facility is 455 Fairview Rd., Stockbridge, Georgia 30281.

For more information on Henry County Schools visit www.henry.k12.ga.us

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