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New Performing Arts Center at Moline High School

Moline School District
a drawing of the Bartlett Performing Arts Center at Moline High School

Work will begin soon on a major renovation and addition at Moline High School. Tuesday afternoon a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Bartlett Performing Arts Center.

The project will include renovating 35,000 square feet of space - completely gutting and remodeling the 60 year old auditorium - and a 10,000 square foot addition. And when it's completed a year from now, there'll also be new lighting and audio systems, plus a scene shop, dressing rooms, music rooms, and even a multi-purpose room for smaller performances.

The original cost was estimated at 10.75 million dollars, but Monday night the Dispatch and Argus report the school board learned bids came in 1 million dollars higher.

About three-quarters of the cost will be paid for by the Robert E. Bartlett Family Foundation, with the school district paying the rest. 

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.