- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The Mitchell School District is considering selling naming rights to various parts of a planned $13.5 million fine arts center.

Putting a name on the building will cost a person or business $3 million. The school district also might sell naming rights to the auditorium for $1 million, to a black box theater for $250,000, to practice rooms for $100,000 each and to remaining rooms for $25,000 each, The Daily Republic newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/1KDTKnP ).

The money would be used to pay down loans for the project that is being funded with district capital projects money.

“I think this is something that the community is interested in supporting and this will be a good way for that to happen,” Superintendent Joe Graves said.

The district also plans to display in the building’s lobby the names of people who donate $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 to the project. Officials also are soliciting sponsor donations for individual seats in the auditorium, at $350 apiece. About $130,000 in private donations has been raised so far, according to Graves.

The district hopes to award construction bids this month and have the fine arts center open for the 2016 school year. It will be on the southwest corner of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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