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+ + Thursday, March 13, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-11 Missoula Children's Theatre plans auditions for play STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun com The Missoula Children's Theatre has scheduled an audition for its produc- tion of "The Secret Garden" for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 17 at the Shelton High School Student Union Building. Students auditioning should arrive at 4 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. All students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audi- tion. Tour actors / directors will conduct rehearsals from 6 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the week of March 17 at the high school, from 4 to 9 p.m. March 18 through 20 at Olympic Middle School, from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21 at the SHS Perform- ing Arts Center, and from 10:30 to i p.m. March 22 at the SHS Performing Arts Center. "The Secret Garden will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 22 at the Shelton Performing Arts Center. Bond: Superintendent says b()ard listening to community continued from page A- 1 This will be the fifth time the Pioneer School District Board of Directors has asked voters to approve the bond. "That's a tough decision for the board," said district Super- intendent Marty Brewer. "If you look at our track record, it indicates the word is getting out. This campaign has a lot of momentum." Brewer noted public opinion of the bond has been steadily im- proving in the past three years. When the school district, which has about 650 students, first ran the bond in February 2011, it failed with a 48 percent yes vote. In April 2011, it got 52 percent of the vote, in February 2013 for an about $25 million bond it got 56 percent and in November 2013 for a $26.9 ml- lion bond it got 58 percent. Bond measures require a 60 percent majority to pass. The cost to run a bond on the ballot depends on the number of total races on the ballot. In No- vember 2013, it cost the district $2,500, Brewer said. The district's most recent bond has dropped the overall cost of the project from $26.9 million to $23.8 million. "The board is listening to the community and trying to accom- modate within reason," Brewer said. To save on costs, the district cut about 10,000 square feet from planned common areas and administrative areas, scrap- ping plans to build a new gym at Pioneer Primary and delaying a project to rebuild sports fields. If approved, the project would build a new Pioneer Mid- dle School -- for sixth through eight grades -- and add class- rooms to Pioneer Primary School to accommodate fourth and fitch grades, which have been housed in the existing In- termediate-Middle School. Pioneer Primary School was built with a bond in 1992 and was paid offin 2012. The project would also add an outdoor, covered play area to the primary school, increase park- ing, allow for new technology and increase safety at the school. The Pioneer Intermediate Middle School has an open cam- pus. Its oldest building dates to 1952, and some of its porta- ble buildings are 40 years old, Brewer said. The oldest sections of the school have leaky roofs, which have cost the district $200,000 in repairs in the past three years. The middle school has no capac- ity for growth in its electrical use, Brewer said, and since the school buildings are so old, tele- communications and electrical wiring run in large conduits on the exterior of buildings. Irene Goldsby, co-chair of Pioneer Citizens for Educa- tion, said the new middle school would be an enclosed building with new safety measures. "One of the big issues for me as a community member is safe- ty," she said. "It's wide open." In February, Pioneer voters approved with 65 percent of the vote, a renewal of the district's maintenance and operations levy. The levy costs taxpayers $2.32 per $1,000 of assessed value. "I am so thankful for the sup- pert we get from this communi- ty," Brewer said. "This commu- nity supports our schools." If passed, the bond would add $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed value in property taxes. Goldsby stressed that the school belongs to the taxpay- ers, and is often a community resource. "I live in this community so it is a source of community pride," she said. "I think the school over the years has opened its doors and made the community a part of the school." Brewer said an architect has not been selected for the proj- ect, and the community will be involved in selecting the final design of the school. "The Pioneer School District is the hub of this community," he said. The district has scheduled a presentation on the bond for 11 a.m. March 29 in the Pioneer In- termediate/Middle School Library. 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