Word was received last Thursday, February 11, that a request for grant funds to assist with renovation of the Cabool High School auditorium has been denied.
Cabool Development Foundation (CDF), through a grant request written by Larry Baker, has applied for a Coover Foundation grant through Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). The $19,466 grant request was for sound equipment for the auditorium.
As part of the renovation work, CDF pledged $20,000 for new lighting and Cabool R-IV Schools had promised $3,000 toward structural and electric work that would be needed.
In CFO’s notification last Thursday, grants program officer Bridget Dierks said over $1.4 million in requests from 95 organizations were received this year for the 2016 Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Regional Grantmaking Program. “With only $250,000 in program funding, the committee was forced to make many difficult decisions,” Dierks said.
“We encourage you to continue to apply for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks grant programs. We anticipate a renewal of this program again for the next fiscal year, with applications available beginning in July and decisions occurring in February 2017.”
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.
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News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise