WELLINGTON — It took a community effort to raise the funds needed to build a new auditorium. On Monday, the community surpassed its goal.
After meeting the $2.5 million goal, additional donations will be used for maintenance on the facility, Wellington Schools Superintendent John Nolan said.
The community effort, started by the Friends of the Wellington Community Auditorium group, began because the school district’s auditorium is scheduled to be torn down, along with McCormick Middle School.
McCormick was ranked the worst building in Ohio by the Ohio School Facilities Commission. A community auditorium was not included in the new plans, so the community saw a need to replace it.
Groundbreaking for the school and auditorium, which will be connected, will begin in April. Both facilities are expected to open in the fall of 2015.
“It’s phenomenal,” he said. “We wanted to build something that a resident could say to their family, ‘I helped build that.’”
Nolan said the project has created excitement among the community and alumni, as well as the student body.
The community is establishing a board of oversight to make sure that the auditorium is maintained.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” he said.