Blake High School has an extraordinary performing arts magnet program. Students and teachers pour their hearts into every play and performance. So, you can imagine how frustrating it is when something out of their control ruins their hard work.
Take, for example, the sprinkler system. It’s old and malfunctions frequently. Theater Director, Sean Paris, says the sprinklers will start spraying water everywhere, for no reason, about every three months. The water gets all over the audio equipment, the lighting equipment and the elaborate sets that can take weeks to build.
Paris remembers the most recent time this happened, “Normally when I come in, all the lights are off and I open the door and it’s usually pretty quiet. But I could hear, like, this dripping sound and when I turned on the lights there was this huge puddle in the middle of the floor”.
It’s expensive to fix the audio and lighting equipment. However, replacing Blake’s fire alarm and sprinkler system just isn’t in the budget right now. It would be in the budget if the half-penny Education Referendum passes on the November 6 ballot.
The replacement would happen within the next five years. That would be an enormous relief to Blake’s performing arts students and teachers who wouldn’t have to worry about all their hard work being destroyed.
To learn more about the Referendum and how each school would benefit, visit hillsboroughschools.org.