School district breaks ground on performing arts center



Members of the Davison Board of Education turning over dirt at the groundbreaking Monday for the new Davison High School Performing Arts Center. From left, Granger Stefanko, Eric Lieske, Matthew Smith, Karen Conover, Diane Rhines, Nick Goyette and Stephanie Thomas. Photo by Gary Gould

Members of the Davison Board of Education turning over dirt at the groundbreaking Monday for the new Davison High School Performing Arts Center. From left, Granger Stefanko, Eric Lieske, Matthew Smith, Karen Conover, Diane Rhines, Nick Goyette and Stephanie Thomas. Photo by Gary Gould

DAVISON — Ground was broken Monday night at Davison High School on the start of construction on the new $18 million performing arts center.

The ground-breaking ceremony was held before the monthly Board of Education meeting on the southwest lawn of the high school. The school board, music teacher, administrators, architects and representatives of the construction management company were all on hand for the short ceremony.

“This is a big, big day for us,” said Kevin Brown, superintendent of Davison Community Schools. “As you all know, during our bond campaign a new performing arts center, a new auditorium, and the surrounding spaces to go with it, was really the highlight… we refer to it as the jewel in our bond proposal and it’s something our community was strongly behind.”

Brown recognized the district’s architecture firm, King Scott, who designed this auditorium and surrounding spaces.

He praised King Scott for working with the district’s music teachers on the design process, planning and details of the new performing arts center.

“We sincerely appreciate all of your input and your willingness to be deeply involved in the construction of this auditorium,” said Brown, who thanked the teachers for their input.

He also recognized

Craig Stefanko from DCC

Construction, which has been the manager for the bond construction project.

Drive around the district, things getting done – only going to get bigger and better from this point forward

Board President Karen

Conover also addressed those gathered at the ceremony and praised not only staff, but past school board members and the Davison community for their foresight in passing the $71.39 million bond proposal in 2020.

“The long anticipated, long awaited Davison Performing Arts Center,” said Conover. “The very name, the very concept of this magnificent center will tantalize the imagination of dozens of staff members who have faithfully served this community over the several decades I’ve been privileged to serve on the Davison Board of Education.”

She said the performing arts center is attributed to the committees, teachers, parents and volunteers who worked “sacrificially” and sold the bond issue which included, among other things, the center.

“I’m humbled and thrilled to be a part of sewing good seeds for great future harvest,” said Conover.

The bond has allowed for renovations to the high school and other buildings, along with security and technology enhancements districtwide. Improvements were made to Cardinal Stadium, including the addition of artificial turf which was recently completed.

Taxpayers have seen a 2.9 mill increase in their property taxes, which, for a home valued at $150,000 that’s an annual increase of $218, or $18 per month.