Approximately 200 people appeared at the Taylorville School Board meeting Tuesday Night.
During public comments, multiple people spoke in support of including a fine arts auditorium in the plans for a new sports complex.
The building committee recently unveiled a draft that excluded an auditorium. Building Committee Chair Rick Bryan explained the board only has $18.5 million to spend and low bids came in millions of dollars higher for both the auditorium and the field house.
A 2019-2020 All-State Jazz Band Member, Kim Howard, who now coaches track at Taylorville Junior High School, wants a decision that benefits all students.
Susan Grace, a retired vocal music teachers, spoke about the legacy fine arts has had on Taylorville's students.
With dozens of student-athletes at her back, sophomore Mazie Flemming spoke about the importance of a field house.
Eventually, board members approved a bid to demolish the east wing, and accepted a bid for classrooms, then instructed the architect for the project to visualize concepts for a field house that includes four basketball courts and a regulation track.
As of the end of the meeting, plans are still unofficial for the auditorium or field house.
After the 45 minute public comment hearing ended, the board reviewed communications, where Superintendent Dr. Chris Dougherty recognized Anita Brown and the cast of the recent musical Annie. Dr. Dougherty also recognized staff and students.
The next board meeting is Tuesday, April 18th.