Community invited to open house at the new LP schools Performing Arts Center on Oct. 16

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The LaPorte Community School Corporation will celebrate the completion of its new Performing Arts Center with a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LaPorte High School, 602 F St. The ribbon cutting will take place at 6 p.m. and will be administered by the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce.

“The new Performing Arts Center is a magnificent space that helps expand educational learning areas and allows for a dynamic new space for students to create, express and perform,” said Dr. Jane Larson, assistant superintendent of secondary education, LaPorte Community School Corporation.

The space at the LPHS site is intended to be used as a both a creative performance center and a functional auditorium. Construction for the new Performing Arts Center began in the summer of 2017, with Larson-Danielson Construction Co. of LaPorte being the primary contractor. The project was part of an $86 million bond that was granted to support K-12 projects, announced during a recent feasibility study. The project was completed within an 18-month time frame.

“It had been several years since this space was updated and with its completion, the center will offer a larger, more functional space to truly support students in the performing arts and overall educational needs,” said Mark Francesconi, superintendent of schools.

To learn more about the Performing Arts Center, visit www.lpcsc.k12.in.us.

7 Responses to “Community invited to open house at the new LP schools Performing Arts Center on Oct. 16”

  1. Anon

    Oct 08. 2018

    Isn’t school supposed to prepare children for the world ahead? I wonder what percentage of students will go on to become successful musicians or actors. $86mill of taxpayer money going to this meanwhile our teachers and other staff are severely underpaid.

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  2. Anna

    Oct 08. 2018

    What an old sour puss you are. This is needed for so our school and children can be competitive with other schools, people and life. This isn’t just for those who you want to major in the arts but for those who want to try something new and enjoy, make friends and become well rounded. Not everyone in sports plays in college or becomes a professional. This new facility is just as important as any other class or program that is offered in school today. The skills and talents that are needed for a well rounded person/student falls into the same categories as choir, music, band, art and the shop classes that were eliminated so many years ago because the skills and timegiven were thought to be obsolete. Look where some people would be now if they had the opportunity and time to learn those skills. Many parents and families are unable to or don’t want to provide multiple opportunities of learning and growing fortheir children.. More and more children can’t afford college, do not qualify or do not know what to do when they graduate. If we, as a community along with our schools, are able to provide these opportunities maybe there would be more success stories and less drug or suicide stories. You might not agree because of the expense by I feel providing opportunities to learn and to experience far out way the cost of feeling unprepared, unaccepted, incomplete, alone, disappointed because you never had a chance or deprived. It is our job as a community to provide for our youth so they can grow up and thrive not just slide by and survive.

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  3. Old sour puss

    Oct 08. 2018

    I don’t have time to read your entire rant but the arguments I did catch definitely don’t justify the price tag. La Porte has no trauma center but our tax money can go to a place where kids can “try something new and make friends”. I’m being realistic here, I wish you would too.

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  4. lawman

    Oct 08. 2018

    if this is SO important for kids to try something new, then why did we do away with the shop and autobody classes and building trades. the issue was money- so 86 mil is ”ok” for this one particular offering? just a question Anna.

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  5. LPHS Grad

    Oct 08. 2018

    I wholeheartedly agree with you Anna. I think this is a fabulous opportunity for the students. Access to these classes at this caliber will help to make more well rounded students. If we expect for LaPorte to grow and bring in new families we need to offer something more than just the 3R’s. LaPorte will be a stalemate in comparison to the surrounding areas if you don’t open your mind and embrace change. This is an exciting time in LaPorte with the new school buildings, new LaPorte Hospital and new housing development. Naysayers need to step aside for those of us wanting to better the community through progress.

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  6. .

    Oct 08. 2018

    “The project was part of an $86 million bond that was granted to support K-12 projects”

    Quoted from the article

    Keyword is “part”

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  7. ..

    Oct 11. 2018

    The above comment is correct. This money also funded the new intermediate school and the new Handley Elementary building.

    Also, students need access to courses and activities in the area of performing arts for many reasons as stated in the posts above. To compete with other students for spots at 4-year colleges is a big one. Also, many DO pursue careers in the area of fine arts and their lives would be different without these courses.

    Lastly, the educators who teach courses in this domain have more than proven their track record of success. Find any student who has been a student of Mickey Stisher, Pete Collins, or Tom Coe and they will attest to the life-changing instruction they’ve received. Kudos to Laporte Schools for investing in a much needed and appreciated program!

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