Monrovia Schools Foundation Raises $18K to Renovate MHS Auditorium

The money will be spent to spruce up the dressing rooms at the Louise K. Taylor Auditorium.

The Monrovia Schools Foundation has dedicated $18,000 to renovating the dressing rooms at the Louise K. Taylor Auditorium, according to MAD Town Council member Terrence Williams.

The money will be used to pay for new flooring, new counter tops and new paint in the dressing rooms.

The auditorium officially opened in November 2012 as part of the $60 million renovation project at Monrovia High School.

Jerry Baker February 24, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Why does it need a renovation 4 months after it opened? If something's wrong, the contractor should fix it free of charge.
R. Ray Morford February 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I agree Jerry !!!! My property tax bill will re-fleck the supposed repairs and up-date for many years.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 24, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Guys, is it possible these were not covered in the renovation?
Bonnie Card February 24, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Dressing rooms not covered in renovation.
Charlotte Schamadan February 24, 2013 at 06:42 PM
As a member of the Citizen's Oversight Committee, I can verify that Ms.'s Montgomery and Card are correct. The dressing room renovations were not included in the original plan for upgrading the Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center. So, congratulations to the Schools Foundation for funding that project. The LKTPAC will be used as a revenue source. With dressing rooms renovated, the venue will now be attractive to outside groups for rent and, as planned, it will pay for itself. It is interesting to note that the venue will likely provide additional funds to the district in coming years. In short, the project is well-planned.
Kim Petulla February 25, 2013 at 03:21 AM
While I'm happy to see MSF resurface, I'm questioning where they chose to put their money - money I have donated towards. With everything we have lost the last few years I can't help but wonder if that money could have put to better use? It is Monrovia SchoolS Foundation not the MHS foundation. By the way, I have a drama student entering high school in the fall lest anyone think I have no connection.
Charlotte Schamadan February 25, 2013 at 07:30 AM
No question about it, Kim, there are several places where that MSF money could be put to good use. I think MSF might be taking the long view here, anticipating that a better auditorium/meeting venue such as LKTPAC is becoming, will bring in additional MUSD funding in years to come. I know they already have some contracts in place for use as a rental space at times when the MHS classes are not in session, so fees are being paid to the district now. Ultimately, a goal is to have the LKTPAC be self-supporting and the MSF funds will help reach that goal.


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