The Page High School Cultural Arts Building is on schedule to reopen this September, the Page Unified District reported Monday.
After hosting an enthusiastic welcome back ceremony for staff and teachers in the CAB — its first official use since its closure — PUSD Superintendent Rob Varner told The Chronicle the majority of repairs to the building have been completed.
A cornerstone for both high school music, dance and theater as well as outside entertainment acts, the CAB was closed earlier this spring following a particularly intense rainstorm. High winds and a torrential downpour caused damage to the building’s aging roof, which leaked inside and resulted in further damage to electrical components and other infrastructure.
In a series of unfortunate timing, the district had received word on approval for a federal grant that it applied for to begin repairs on the CAB’s roof just one day before the storm occurred. Crews were preparing to get started on the repairs the day that the storm hit. That same grant was utilized to fund the repairs.
Varner said the building is now structurally sound and the district was given a green light to host the welcome back ceremony.
There is still more work to be done, he continued, but PUSD is still tentatively planning for a September reopening. In the meantime, the classrooms within the CAB will be back open for students enrolled in the high school’s music and theater programs.
Varner noted that PUSD is also seeking funding and planning for future renovations to the CAB, which may include a new paint job, upgraded sound and lighting and new seating.