Napa Valley Updates

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A note of gratitude

Because of the tireless work of Jeff Yaeger ,( president of the St. Helena Schools Performing Arts Board) , the vision of Leslie Lea , the tremendous support of past Superintendent, Allan Gordon and current superintendent Rob Haley , the support of the current St. Helena School Board, all the community members who have donated to our cause and of course the wonderful generosity of Leslie Rudd …. The new St. Helena High School Performing Arts Classroom is finally becoming a reality!!!

Now, when you drive by the corner of Grayson and Hwy 29 you will see lots of activity and construction taking place for the new 3000 square ft. performing arts teaching facility.

This has been a dream of mine since I started teaching in St. Helena in 1973. There has never been a decent rehearsal space for the choral or drama students at St. Helena High School. Now there will be a beautiful place they can call their own.

For 30 plus years I have tried to get this facility built and have received many words of support from the various superintendents and schools boards over the years. But it was not until Allan Gordon and Rob Haley took over that things actually happened.

Thanks to their hard work, their interest in the arts, their expertise and vision they found a way to make this become a reality. And most importantly, the current school board was extremely supportive and also found creative ways (through state grants) to help get this project off the ground.

This new teaching facility is just stage 1 of a two stage project. Stage 2 will be the replacement of the existing and antiquated SHHS Auditorium. It is our plan and vision to first complete the teaching facility and then begin the campaign to raise the necessary funds to replace the old HS auditorium. I know that this current school board, who have shown great vision for our school district and students, will continue to work hard towards that goal and find ways to make it happen. It has been an honor to work with our current administration and school board and I am looking forward to working with them in the future to complete the entire performing arts center. With gratitude!

Craig Bond
SHUSD Educator for past 32 years
SHHS Vocal Jazz Instructor