Calhoun High School, located at 315 S River St., Calhoun, Georgia, has completed the first, and main, section of their beautiful new facility. The new high school building was opened to the community yesterday, July 28th, 2013 for a “Community Open House.” All attendees were warmly greeted by Principal Mr. Greg Green, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Taylor, and the Calhoun City Schools Board of Education. As the halls flooded with people, there was alumni, current students, teachers, parents, local politicians, and local citizens all seeking a chance to take a peak inside, for the first time, of the giant new building that’s been coming to life over the past year in Downtown Calhoun.
The school’s new home features state-of-the-art classrooms for students including a culinary arts kitchen, which would be comparable to any commercial kitchen, broadcast/video and recording studios, and 21st century teaching technology. The new school also has a stylish new companion: a Fine Arts wing.
The Fine Arts wing features a beautiful black box theatre, a phenomenal choral room, and an outstanding band room.
In theatre parlance, a black box is a flat-floored, minimally designed space that can accommodate a range of different types of events. Its unadorned simplicity readily lends itself to customization.
This state-of-the-art Black Box Theatre will hold approximately 150 people and offers a flexible and affordable alternative to the large, yet beautiful, GEM Theatre, which costs hundreds of dollars a day to rent and requires an audience of several hundred people for a full house.
CHS will present three shows in the Black Box during the 2013-2014 school year. The 2013/2014 season’s shows will be announced on August 9th.
“Our hope is to set up in different configurations for different shows.” said Julie Leggett, drama director, about the new Calhoun High School’s black box theatre, “We are excited about the opportunities that the space will offer the students as we go forward this year.”
The Calhoun High School Drama Department consists of Mrs. Julie Leggett, Mrs. Casey Parker, and Dr. Rob Thompson. The Calhoun City Schools Board of Education consists of Amy Atkinson (Chair), Eddie Reeves, David Scoggins, Tony Swink, Dr. Michelle Taylor (Superintendent), and Rhoda Washington.
The next step for Calhoun City Schools is to begin the construction of the new middle school, which will connect to the brand new high school. The mission of Calhoun City Schools is to inspire all students to become life-long learners in the pursuit of excellence.
The school was highly impressive and, since my mother is an employee at Calhoun High School, I look forward to being able to visit once school is in session to see the students using all of the new features hands-on. I am excited to eventually see the Black Box being put to use during upcoming productions and I know Ms. Leggett, Ms. Parker, and Dr. Thompson will do a great job as always.
I’d like to commend the Board of Education and the faculty and staff of Calhoun City School’s for abiding by the system’s mission to inspire students by allowing them to learn in a positive, and enriching, environment.
I attended Calhoun City School’s until ninth grade, whenever I was accepted into the Nashville School of the Arts and moved to Tennessee, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a Calhoun City Schools student.
To keep up-to-date on the construction of the new middle school or to learn more about Calhoun City Schools visit www.CalhounSchools.org.