The performing arts will get a shot in the arm this summer, after the Excelsior Springs Board of Education voted 7-0 on Monday night to upgrade both the sound system and the lights in the Performing Arts Center at Excelsior Springs High School.
The bigger project is the sound system upgrade, needed because the current system is analog, no longer produced and difficult to repair.
According to Deputy Superintendent Dave Lawrence, the upgrade will bring the auditorium up to professional theater standards.
Two bids were submitted for the project, one from Harvest Productions and one from Advanced Sound & Communication. Both companies are Kansas City-based businesses.
Advanced quoted the lower of the two bids—$68,916.89,
compared to Harvest’s $72,100. However, a wireless microphone system offered by Advanced for an additional $25,215.60 was declined because according to Jane Bertram, the light and sound specialist for the PAC, in two years there will be mandatory changes regarding frequencies. Buying wireless microphones now would mean that in two years, the school district would need to replace it to address the mandatory changes.
The lights needed replacement, too—maybe more than the sound system, according to Lawrence. Some of the lights currently in use at the PAC actually came from the school’s former auditorium at Roosevelt School, which has been closed as an attendance center and privately owned for several years.
Only one bid was submitted for the lighting. Norcostco quoted a price of $4,645.56, but despite the lack of competition Lawrence said he believed it was a good bid.
“Jane loves the bid,” he told the board Monday night. “She thinks it’s a very competitive price.”
He added that Bertram plans to install the lights herself.
As far as the sound system goes, Lawrence said he hoped it would be finished prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year in August. “We have our fingers crossed,” he said.
By Eric Copeland • firstname.lastname@example.org