Marietta High School teachers, staff get look at new auditorium
by Lindsay Field
August 06, 2013 12:05 AM | 3809 views | 2 2 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta High School Principal Leigh Beggs-Colburn, right, and Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin are joined by Marietta City Schools’ Board of Education members, from left, Tony Fasola, Jill Mutimer, Chairman Randy Weiner, Superintendent Emily Lembeck, Irene Berens, Brett Bittner and Vice-Chairman Tom Cheater as they cut the ribbon to recognize the official opening of the high school’s new performing arts wing during the first day back to school for teachers for the 2013-14 school year Monday.
Marietta High School Principal Leigh Beggs-Colburn, right, and Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin are joined by Marietta City Schools’ Board of Education members, from left, Tony Fasola, Jill Mutimer, Chairman Randy Weiner, Superintendent Emily Lembeck, Irene Berens, Brett Bittner and Vice-Chairman Tom Cheater as they cut the ribbon to recognize the official opening of the high school’s new performing arts wing during the first day back to school for teachers for the 2013-14 school year Monday.
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Marietta City Schools’ faculty and staff members enter the new Performing Arts Center at the high school Monday for their official first day back of the 2013-14 school year.
Marietta City Schools’ faculty and staff members enter the new Performing Arts Center at the high school Monday for their official first day back of the 2013-14 school year.
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MARIETTA — Marietta High School’s new $8.5 million auditorium received rave reviews from the more than 700 teachers and staff that met there Monday to kick start the new school year.

Marsha Durham, who has worked in the city school system for nine years and is a special education teacher at West Side Elementary, boasted about the building. “It is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous,” she said. “They put a lot of time and energy into it and a lot of thought into it.”

Monday was the first time she had been inside it since construction was completed in late July.

Durham was also impressed with the student performances and speakers. “It was really nice to go ahead and have them kick off this school year by actually having a performance on the stage,” Durham said, complimenting the building’s acoustics.

Construction on the auditorium, which began 15 months ago, was completed just last week.

School Board Chair Randy Weiner said he was very impressed with the auditorium, which is something he was asked about when he first ran for the school district seat almost 10 years ago.

“It was a really good feeling to be in our own auditorium,” he said. “I remember back eight years ago, the first comment that was ever spoken to me was that we need to build an auditorium. It took eight years, but we got it on schedule and under budget.”

Shan Cooper, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics vice president and general manager, was the keynote speaker for the event.

The school board approved construction of the facility in October 2011, when it OK’d placing a $7 million, five-year obligation bond resolution before voters to help pay for the building. It was approved in March 2012 and construction began shortly thereafter.

The remainder of the debt, about $3 million, will be paid off with proceeds from SPLOST IV, which was approved by voters in March.

The auditorium, which was part of the school’s original plan in 2000, will be used for school functions, performances, rehearsals, competitions and festivals, community events, lectures and staff development meetings like the district held Monday.

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August 06, 2013
Thank you to the guest speakers for your words of encouragement and inspiration. I’m excited about the Marietta High School's new Performing Arts Auditorium, which will benefit the school district, as well as the Marietta community.It will be interesting to see if the new Coaches/Literacy and Math Specialists will have the same impact on the students. I question the Superintendent’s lack of diversity in her recent hires; the majority of the new positions have been filled with Caucasians, which doesn’t represent our student population and the community we serve at MCS. There is a gap in representation of African American and Hispanic leaders at MCS. Did MCS consider their own talent pool before hiring external applicants? I would like to know if the school system made an effort to recruit diverse candidates for these new positions.
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August 07, 2013
I thought Equal Opportunity Employment meant hiring by qualifications; not by skin color. Should qualified Caucasians be passed over? That is what it sounds like you are saying! Diversity is white also.
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