Celebration Showcases Students in CPMA's New Performing Arts Center

Posted: Monday, December 8th 2014

Trustee Evans speaking at dedication ceremony  "Artsinstruction is not an extra," Board Trustee Dr. John Lee Evans said. "It is an essential component of ourbroad and challenging curriculum in our schools."
Trustee Evans recently addressed students, parents, neighbors, district leaders and city officials as SanDiego Unified celebrated the completion of the new state-of-the-art performing arts center and whole sitemodernization project at Creative, Performing & Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School. Scott Thomason, CPMA principal, welcomed guests and served as emcee for the official dedication ceremony that showcased the school's crown jewel. Other guest speakers Abby Hickman, CPMA student; Cathy Hickman. CPMA teacher; and Lee Dulgeroff, the school district's chief Facilities Planning & Construction officer.

As guests arrived for thCPMA student dancerse Nov. 18 festivities, the school's jazz band performed a selection of tunes. After the dedication ceremony, guests were treated to instrumental music performances, singing and dancing that featured CPMA students, as well as tours of the new performing arts center and other campus upgrades that the Clairemont school received from the Proposition S bond program.Student actors Students in the College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) video program videotaped the event for posterity.
According to Michael Reynolds, CCTE program specialist, CCTE's "Intro to Video" course for grades 6-8 is integrating the performances into its program so that the video students can hone their skills with "live-event experiences" and live broadcasts during the students' news show.  
"Thededication of this fine arts facility is another sign of a resurgence ofquality schools across Clairemont Mesa," Trustee Evans said. "This is a good example of thecommunity and the district working together for quality schools in everyneighborhood. Thisbeautiful facility will serve all of the schools in the area, as well as otherorganizations in this community."
 CPMA Performing Arts Center
The new 20,600-square-foot performing arts center was constructed on the east side of the CPMA campus. It features a 432-seat theater, two music classrooms, scene shop, green room, control room, ticket booths, restrooms, as well as support and storage spaces. 
Students also gained a new black box theater in one of the spaces renovated during the school's whole site modernization project. Nearly every classroom and building underwent renovations that included upgrades in heating/ventilation/air conditioning, lighting and technology. New fencing and landscaping were installed in front of the school. In addition, the food service facilities were remodeled, a new food service kiosk was constructed, the school's auditorium was remodeled, shower/locker areas were renovated, and walkways were improved.

The more than $21 million project at CPMA was funded by Propositions S, one of San Diego Unified's capital improvement bond measures. For more details on this project, please visit CPMA and scroll down to "Project Schedules."
For more details on CCTE and its programs, click CCTE or call 858-503-1758. Visit the Propositions S and Z website for more information on the capital improvement bond program. You may also e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604 if you have questions about Props. S & Z. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.  
The photos were courtesy of Ralph LoVuolo, Jr.

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