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October 7, 2009 > District seeks name for Performing Arts center

District seeks name for Performing Arts center

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The New Haven Unified School District has initiated the process for naming the new Performing Arts Center at James Logan High School, and the entire New Haven community is invited to submit suggestions.

Construction is expected to be completed in January on the Performing Arts Center, a $28 million facility promised to New Haven voters as part of Measure A, a $120 million bond passed in 2003. The centerpiece is a 599-seat theater, and the facility also includes support facilities and an educational wing to house music and drama classrooms. The center could be open for school events as soon as February. A formal grand opening, being coordinated by the New Haven Schools Foundation, is planned for May.

In keeping with Board of Education policy, a Facility Names Committee, made up of persons nominated by the Board to reflect the community and nominees from the Logan administration to represent the school, will review suggestions and submit three names for the Board to consider.

According to policy, the center could be named in honor of an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the world, country, state or community; or in recognition of the geographic area in which the building is located. Across the district, names are to reflect the cultural diversity of the district. No facility will be given the name of a commercial development, unless the name existed in the area prior to the development.

Community members interested in suggesting a name are requested to submit the name, along with a statement of up to 400 words explaining why the name is appropriate. Submissions can be mailed to Facility Names Committee, New Haven Unified School District, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, 94587, or e-mail to the Public Information Office ( Deadline for nominations is October 23.

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