Bolton High School to get performing and visual arts center

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - In an effort to revitalize Bolton High School, the Rapides Parish School Board has a new program in the works. Tentative plans are set to add a conservatory for performing and visual arts by the fall.

Superintendent Nason Authement introduced the idea at the December school board meeting as a way to resolve dropping graduation and enrollment rates. Freshman academies were added to both Bolton and Peabody at the start of this school year. Peabody also kicked off their career and tech center. Now the district wants Bolton to have a focus too.

Last week they hired a former teacher to get the program going. Bolton's back wing will be transformed into space for theater, dance, band, orchestra, visual arts, and music classes.

Program facilitator Brenda Rudd said interested students will go through an interview and audition process.

"It will give extensive training to students that may perhaps want to pursue this as an area for university study or career," Rudd said. "We are interested in providing a program that will hopefully prepare them to be successful in their area of interest."

Finances for the conservatory will be discussed at upcoming school board meetings. But, the option to apply to Bolton High School and it's conservatory will be available during the February open enrollment period.

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