School receives grant for auditorium renovations

Middle school receives grant for auditorium renovations
Posted on 09/07/2018
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – The auditorium at Harpers Ferry Middle School (HFMS) has long served a vital role in the lives of students, their families, and the community. That’s why Assistant Principal Jennifer Moss was so excited to hear that the nearly 90-year-old facility will be getting some much needed renovation work done thanks to a matching grant from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 
Aging seats with caution tapeThe $100,000 Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources grant announced earlier this year will mean gutting all of the seats, refurbishing end units to bring back and use, as well as bringing the facility up to ADA compliance according to Moss, who said she worked for six months on the 159 pages of applications, audits, letters of support and a feasibility study. She said she relied heavily on the Jefferson County School’s Finance Department and Coordinator of Facilities, Keith Moran, throughout the process.
Moss stated in the application that preserving the facility is important.
“Harpers Ferry Middle School is a cornerstone of ourDeteriorating plaster wall school district and hub of cultural activity in our community,” she said. The auditorium is used for the school’s performing arts, including chorus, marching band, jazz band, and drama performances, and houses many of their outreach services. Officials are still securing quotes from companies to work on the project.

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