White County High School Opens New Performing Arts Center

White County Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning for a brand new performing arts center on the former site of the White County High School baseball field.

Scott Justus, deputy superintendent of White County Schools, said the district had conversations about the project for just over a year before groundbreaking.

Charles Black Construction will construct the facility and Breaux and Associates carried out the architectural work for the project.

“We move forward, hoping to open from here [the time] school starts in 2023,” Justus said. “The worst-case scenario would be Christmas.”

The new facility will house an orchestra, choir and theater and will accommodate approximately 700 people for performances. That’s about double the theater’s current capacity. According to Justus, the project is funded with help from the county’s ESPLOST.

The facility will be built where the baseball diamond once stood. Justus said this will allow for some improvements to the baseball and softball fields, which will be moved to the left of the football field.

The school has other construction projects underway, including a new transportation facility located off Testanee Gap Valley Road.

“Our bus drivers and our transportation managers and our employees who work in our transportation are super excited,” Justus said. “It’s going to have new technology, new buildings…it’s actually going to have more bays, some electronics in there that we just haven’t had.”

Justus said Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett was the driving force behind these big plans.