Cabool Development Foundation is going ahead with plans to make improvements at the Cabool High School auditorium despite having missed out on a grant to assist with the work.
Meeting last Thursday, CDF members reviewed two bids received for a new sound system for the auditorium. The bids were close, and the CDF board approved the lower of the two, $19,984.21 from Headline Productions, LLC of Springfield.
CDF funds will be used for the project, which will also include some basic lighting upgrades. Cabool R-IV School District will pay for the electrical work needed for the project.
Renovation of the auditorium was the focus of a Coover Foundation grant request written by Larry Baker on behalf of CDF. It sought $19,466 for a new sound system, and CDF pledged $20,000 for new lighting, with the school district on board for needed electrical work. Last month CDF learned the grant was not approved, so it was time to regroup and see what could be done with funds available. CDF moved to use its $20,000 pledge toward the sound system.
Cabool High School has one of the few school theater facilities in rural Missouri. It was built during the 1936-38 construction of the high school, with the original stage located where the orchestra pit is now located. The present stage was built as part of a 1963 project that included a music room and the home economics and science rooms.
The auditorium seats 394. Over the years the seating has been replaced and air-conditioning added.
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise