Fine Arts Facility Expansion Project
District 233 is entering the next exciting phase of its Long Range Facilities & Maintenance Plan, a plan that ensures as H-F's curriculum evolves and as technology continues to influence teaching and learning, the school's facilities can meet the expectations and needs of future students. This phase of the plan may involve the creation of additional Fine Arts classrooms and performance space, as well as the renovation of current Fine Arts spaces. More than 1,000 H-F students (one out of every three students) are currently enrolled in a Fine Arts class, and the numbers have been increasing steadily the past several years and our facility needs are expected to climb with the school's new Media, Visual & Performing Arts Academy (MVP). The district has been carefully saving funds for this project, and it anticipates being able to fully fund this project with capital project dollars with no additional tax burden placed upon the community.
MORE ABOUT MVP
The MVP Academy is a unique two-year sequence that gives students the opportunity to develop their talents in an art-focused field. The program's mission statement is: The MVP Academy is committed to fostering passions, cultivating creativity and personal talent, developing future leaders and nurturing a lifelong engagement and appreciation for the arts. The inaugural MVP Academy class will be auditioning this winter, and as they are applying, the district is determining how to best meet the needs of these talented students and the programming needs of our award-winning, expanding Fine Arts Department.
While the full scope of the project is yet to be determined, benefits of the program for students may include: modern, new classrooms for visual art courses; modern, new classrooms for theatre courses; renovated and expanded music classrooms; additional rehearsal rooms; increased storage space; a black-box theatre with an improved tech theatre workroom; improved accessibility; and more convenient and flexible rehearsal times. In the coming months, the district will be working with teachers, students, parents and community members to identify specific needs and to determine the project scope.
Community input is vital to the success of our school. You are invited to take part in community information sessions to help refine the plans and guide the Board of Education as it moves forward with this important plan for H-F’s future.
Community Information Sessions were held Nov. 6-9