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Theatrical dreams for PVHS students and the community have come true with the opening of the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 26th.

The open house is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. SMJUHSD staff, students, elected officials, educational leaders from throughout the valley and the public will participate.

“We are so excited to have the PAC at Pioneer Valley,’’ said Principal Shanda Herrera. “It truly represents a career pathway for students. They will have the opportunity to perform, learn set design and creation, or learn the light and sound training of a production. It has been a long wait, and we are thrilled to share it with community!’’

The 16,411 square-foot structure includes three classrooms and the stage. It has a seating capacity of 298.

The estimated project cost is $11 million. The funding is through C2000 and 2004 bonds, according to Yolanda Ortiz, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services. Construction started in June 2015.

“This Performing Arts Center represents another step in the right direction for the students in our district,’’ said Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson. “Having viable elective programs with 21st Century facilities is key to student success.’’

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