CARTHAGE — The new Fine Arts Center at Carthage High School has opened, while construction on the auditorium continues.
The Fine Arts Center houses the band, choir, art and television and broadcasting departments. Teachers will move in when they are able to without disrupting their classes, school officials said.
The auditorium, which will seat 2,070 people, is tentatively scheduled to be finished this summer, depending on weather, officials said. The auditorium will have green rooms, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, classrooms and storage areas.
Work on the outside of the auditorium is nearing completion, and scaffolding covering the inside of the facility is expected to come down soon.
The construction of the two buildings is part of a bond measure for $29.2 million approved in May 2015 — about $19.75 million of that was for the fine arts facility and auditorium.
The preliminary work on the facilities began in summer 2015, while the construction began in early 2016.
Because of the location of the auditorium, the pond at Carthage High School had to be reshaped to allow space for the new construction, said Superintendent Glenn Hambrick.
The dam remained in the same place, and the pond is the same size and has the same surface area and volume, so students still can take part in the annual senior swim at the end of the year.