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Plans Advance for New Performing Arts Center at Moline High School

Moline HIgh School

Work will begin soon to plan the new performing arts center at Moline High School. Monday night, the school board hired Legat Architects of Moline and Russell Construction of Davenport for the 10 million dollar project.

Chief Financial Officer, Dave McDermott, says that follows the agreement announced in March between the school district and Robert Bartlett Family Foundation.

"The next step in the process will be where we get a committee together to help the design process to determine what's needed physically in the building and the exterior of the building - how it's going to look and how it's going to function as a performing arts center."

McDermott says the project will include refurbishing the current performing arts facilities at Moline High School with the addition of some new space.

The Bartlett Family Foundation will give 7 million dollars and the school district will spend 3 million.
He thinks the design phase will take about 5 months, then the project will go out for bids. Construction could start next January (2018), with completion one year later.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.