Love where you live!
LA MESA -- Amid all the challenges schools are facing because of state budget cuts and a struggling economy, it was a nice break for school and community leaders to gather on a sunny Wednesday afternoon to celebrate something new.
Rani Goyal, leader of Helix Charter High School, stood behind a podium just in front of a new construction site and thanked the taxpayers of East County for approving the bonds that will finance construction of a new performing arts center at the school.
The theater they were breaking ground on will have 34,000 square feet of space and will seat 410 people. The project will include a second, smaller "black box" theater, dance studio space and a digital band room. Ribbon cutting on the new facility will be in May of 2013.
Gregg Osborn, who heads the school's theater arts efforts, drew laughter from the gathering of civic leaders by saying he and his staff will miss the "creative challenges'' of finding ways to stage casts of 30 on a space built for 13. The old, smaller theater was both the butt of jokes but honored for the productions it managed to host in its long history.
Goyal pointed out that the new facility will have a great impact on the school's program but would also be available to the wider community.
The afternoon event drew many of East County's leaders including school board members, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, City Councilman Mark Arapostathis, and La Mesa Police Chief Ed Aceves. Arapostathis and Aceves are both Helix graduates.