This summer, the auditorium at Greenwood Community High School will get a nearly $700,000 makeover.
Nearly everything in the auditorium is original, dating back to the 1970s, and is in desperate need of an update, Greenwood schools assistant superintendent Todd Pritchett said.
“Basically we need to renovate just to keep up,” he said.
This week, the school district approved contracts with two companies totaling about $695,000 for new seating and lighting. Additional work could also be done to replace carpeting and repaint, Pritchett said.
The majority of the cost of the project will be paid for out of the $43 million the school district borrowed to build a new middle school, a new athletics complex and work to Northeast Elementary School, Pritchett said.
The auditorium work was added with money that was left from cost savings on other projects, he said.
Starting at the end of the school year, the seats will be torn out along with the lighting, and officials hope the project will be done by the start of the next school year, he said.
The new lighting will also be more energy efficient, which could save money long-term, he said.