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       The Coronado High School auditorium project continues on schedule to open before the 2008-09 school year. The Coronado High auditorium is shown in a recent construction shot from inside, at about the height of the new balcony.
Courtesy of Jeff Brisk
       The official opening date is Aug. 4, according to Jeff Brisk, superintendent for project contractor Gerald H. Phipps General Contractors.
       In recent weeks, Phipps crews have been installing block walls and a roof and are nearing the stages of enclosing the facility.
       “It's finally starting to look like something,” Brisk said.
       Other than a few “bump-out” spaces on the sides, the facility is being built where the original school auditorium was when Coronado opened in 1970.
       The $4.9 million facility will have more than double the former audience capacity; a new stage, acoustics and lighting; plus added backstage space for performers and set development.
       Approved as part of the 2004 and 2005 bond issue elections, the project has been plagued by inflation and delays. After construction started last spring, the goal was to open the facility this school year, but a discovery last winter that original exterior block walls could not be reused forced a complete demolition and slippage to the current time frame.
       Brisk, who is known for his long hair and graying beard, said the project issues have not made him go completely gray, but “I'm surprised all my hair hasn't fall out.”
       Midland Elementary students will present the musical, “Toy Camp,” Tuesday, May 13.
       Directed by music teacher Steven Lentzkow, the performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. The public is welcome.
       The actor/singers are in an after-school program Lentzkow teaches Mondays and Thursdays and sometimes on weekends. Parents are helping out in different ways, including costumes, sets, makeup and providing “great moral support,” he said.
       The 90-minute musical “is about toys that have personalities,” Lentzkow said. “They're told at the beginning that they're going into training to earn their price tags.”
       In all, there are 21 actors, all of whom portray toys - except for Miss Grouchstick and her (imagined) witch-like alter ego.
       The instrumental music for the songs is provided through a special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service of Englewood. The musical was written by Paul Collette and Gary Fritzen.
       Fifteen West Middle School students will be “gone fishin' ” on their day off from school Friday, May 9, but that doesn't mean they'll be leaving school completely behind.
       With guidance from West staffer Patty Breece, the students will be doing some teaching of their own. As Breece explained it, they “are giving their day off to be teachers for the day.”
       The subject matter is fishing and fish in general. The students have been coming to school early for the last five weeks, learning enough about the sport to teach it during an actual fishing trip to Prospect Lake.
       “They will be teaching eight different stations about fish and fishing,” Breece said. “Our guest students will be kids with special needs from Falcon District 49 schools.After the main lessons are over we will all be fishing. Yes, all 100 will have their lines in the water!”
       Among the lessons will be how to handle a fish and catch and release, fish anatomy, knot-tying, casting techniques and angler ethics.
       The time frame will be 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
       Breece noted that the fishing day will occur during National Education Week. “It's a great opportunity for kids to be teachers,” she said.
       Another incentive for participation? All the kids will get free fishing poles, Breece said.
       Washington Elementary scored 100 percent in a recent Food Establishment Inspection Report. District 11 Food Services Director Rick Hughes congratulated Washington cafeteria manager Teresa Casey and assistants Karl Frazier and Andrea Hanes for the perfect rating.
       Buena Vista Elementary will hold an open house for Montessori preschoolers (ages 3-5) Tuesday, May 13.
       Families are welcome to come to the school, at 1620 W. Bijou St., between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., according to Principal Jade Amick.
       A public school in District 11, Buena Vista is the only free Montessori school in the region.
       For more information, call 328-4100.

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