Williamson County Schools has finally completed its goal of outfitting all of its 11 middle schools with performing arts auditoriums.
The district held a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sunset Middle School this week, celebrating the completion of its auditorium with the community.
“We really appreciate all of the support to get this — the last of the middle school auditoriums — opened,” said Tommy Little, the chairman of the Williamson County Board of Commissioners, which funds the school district’s projects and overall budget.
The virtual ceremony featured a performance by the Sunset Middle student orchestra as they performed on the brand-new stage. Sunset Middle Principal Amy Maffei was then joined by Sunset Middle students, teachers and students from Sunset’s feeder elementary schools to snip the ribbon, marking the theater’s official opening.
Maffei shared that the auditorium highlights the value her school and the district as a whole places on arts and extracurricular activities in addition to the work in the classroom.
“Since our school’s beginning in the fall of 2006, we have valued a balance between academics, athletics and the arts,” she said. “Having an auditorium will allow a space to showcase our students’ skills in the arts and for students to discover talents previously unknown to them. We’re excited to use this space to help prepare our students for the impressive high school programs where they are headed.”
WCS Superintendent Jason Golden shared that this project has been “many years in the making,” noting that, while middle school theaters have been a focus for quite some time now, when he started work with the district 15 years ago, the district was still working on auditoriums at the high school level.
WCS Board of Education chair Nancy Garrett shared that the board looks forward to attending school programs at the auditorium, which Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson said are true “additions to our schools.”
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