McBain auditorium gets approved for occupancy

July 28, 2016

McBain auditorium under construction

McBain auditorium under construction

By John Raffel

Chip Hendrick of RC Hendrick presented a facilities study to the McBain Board of Education at its recent monthly meeting on July 20.

“RC Hendrick was the construction manager for our auditorium project out here,” McBain superintendent Steven Brimmer said. “When they were here, I asked him to do a facilities study. Basically what they do is walk around, look at the building and look for issues that may need to be addressed in the next five to 10 years something like that. A lot of districts have a long term goal on keeping facilities up to date. It was kind of an FYI.

“Everything could be improved, obviously. Overall, I think our facilities are in pretty solid shape. With the auditorium going in, we lost some parking so I wanted him to take a look at that and see what options we had terms of parking. There’s still quite a bit of parking out there.”

But when there’s a key football game against a rival like Lake City in town and cars are forced to park on M66, “that’s not the perfect place to be in.

It was reported that the high school auditorium is finished. It’s been inspected by the fire marshall and building inspection was to take place this week.

“It’s done,” Brimmer said. “We’ve got the greenlight. When we find something wrong, we contact the contractors and they’ll come and fix it. For all intents and purposes it is complete.”

Brimmer said the auditorium will be used heavily during the school year for school-related activities. He anticipates the grand opening will be sometime around the beginning of November.

“It will be a nice grand opening performance,” Brimmer said.

Board members were reminded that the non-homestead operation millage election is Aug. 2.

“I emailed all the parents about it,” Brimmer said. “It’s just a renewal. Most people don’t even pay the tax, to be honest. It’s on second homes. It gives us a large amount of our revenue and it’s important that it passes.”

Also lunch prices will be raised because of food costs. Brimmer said it’s about a 10 cent raise per breakfast and lunch.
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