Bloomington High School is no stranger to renovations as it has just finished parts of its academic wings and athletic field. And after 17 weeks of construction, district leaders and staff opened a new musical facility for the students in the fine arts program.
“One of our seniors who participates in the choir and band came up to me with tears in his eyes,” said District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly. “It was the first time he’s seen this place and he was so thankful.”
The school has just re-constructed its fine arts music building. Reilly says although overall enrollment has dropped, the building was a necessity because numbers for the music program have gone up.
The new 12,000 sq. ft. facility has made way to renovations in the choir, orchestra and band rooms. Teachers say now that the building is standing students are happy they have a place of their own.
“They have a home space and they take great ownership,” said Julie Sandy, Bloomington High School Choir Teacher. “You should see their faces when they walk in the door, they are excited to be there, they are excited about all of the newness.”
Seniors in the program believe this facility is more than they could have asked for, but the feeling is a bit bittersweet.
“It’s kind of bittersweet but at the same time, i’m happy that I have that one year,” said senior drum major Mckensi Irwin. “I’m lucky I get to use the facility for a whole year but i am going to miss it when i am gone.”
The addition was part of District 87’s long-term master facilities plan. Officials hope this building will help with recruiting kids to the school in the future.