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December 13, 2012

Work on auditorium to begin next month

WEST NEWBURY — Work is set to begin on a $100,000 project to the improve safety conditions of the Pentucket High School theater and music facilities.

Pentucket business manager Michael Bergeron has recommended that the district accept a bid for repairs to the auditorium submitted by Port Lighting Systems, a Newburyport-based division of Lighthouse Productions, Inc. in Seabrook. Port Lighting bid $86,578 for the job. The only other bid received was $108,624 from Janson Industries in Canton, Ohio.

The work, which targets outdated and dangerous rigging on the stage and electrical conditions throughout the auditorium, is set to begin in January and should be completed within a month, according to a copy of the unexecuted contract provided to the Pentucket School Committee’s Business, Finance, and Operations subcommittee earlier this month. The subcommittee approved Bergeron’s recommendation.

All events and productions slated to take place in the auditorium in January will likely be moved to the Pentucket Middle School auditorium.

In a statement issued jointly by Pentucket Arts chairman Michael Smith and music teacher David Schumacher, who manages the use of the auditorium space for the district, the two said they are thrilled the project has finally become a reality. The two men have been working closely with Bergeron to develop a game plan for tackling the much-needed safety repairs.

“This long-overdue renovation will create a much safer learning, working and performing environment for our students and community members throughout the Pentucket district. As a result, we will enjoy a far more user-friendly, flexible and accommodating space. We are forever grateful for the strong financial and amazing charitable support of the Pentucket community,” the joint statement said.

The Port Lighting bid covers $27,247 for upgrades to the stage lighting system; $17,209 for removal of a counterweight rigging and installation of a 1,000-pound capacity clew winch and curtain track with all necessary hardware; $26,809 for a hoist and control station with emergency stop; and $2,770 for replacement of 36 house lighting and 72 lamps for cover lighting over the audience seating. The remainder of the bid covers other miscellaneous electrical and hardware needs to complete the project.

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