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S'side addresses auditorium needs

The Sunnyside School District has spent about $10,000 over the past year in improvements to the high school auditorium.

It will need to budget up to another $30,000 to $40,000 if it wants to modernize the auditorium's lighting system and install computerized video projection equipment.

That was the report presented last night by the district's facilities director, Braven Bendzak, during a school board study session.

Bendzak said the rigging has been inspected and curtains repaired and cleaned. In addition, a new scrim, or background curtain, has been ordered.

The auditorium was built about 20 years ago and is the largest in the Lower Valley.

Bendzak said the auditorium has also received touch-ups such as re-painted acoustic panels, seat repairs and flooring that has been replaced or repaired as necessary.

One suggestion during the study session was to possibly include the remaining costs for upgrading the auditorium into a bond measure, if the district decides to pursue a facilities bond next year.

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