School trustees back arts centre study

The school district will put $10,000 towards a performing arts and cultural centre study.

Everyone agrees — it’s time to look at whether or not there is a need for a performing arts and culture centre in Langley.

The Langley Board of Education was the last piece of the funding puzzle, for the performing arts and cultural centre planning task force’s plan to hire a consultant to look into it.

Trustees unanimously agreed to contribute $10,000 towards the study.

Other funding partners are the Township, City, Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Trustee Rod Ross said the potential of a performing arts centre ,along with the building of a new high school, could be “powerful.”

“The Langley Events Centre is an excellent example of how great things can happen when we work together,” said Ross.

The school district was a financial partner in the building of the LEC. Secretary-treasurer David Green told trustees that the district has now paid off its loan for the LEC.

Mountain Secondary borders LEC, and uses the facilities regularly. Other school-related activities also take place there.

The four Langley Rotary clubs have sponsored Langley Has Talent each year, with funds raised set aside for a future arts centre and to raise awareness of the need for one.

The task force hope to have the study presented by October.

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