By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – A joint venture between city and school officials and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Local 687 took center stage at Truman High School last week.
Construction began Oct. 11 on a long-needed stage and sound wall in the school’s theater.
A team of five volunteer carpenters spent the day installing the upgrades at the school, which included the theater space as part of the then-popular open-building concept. The final touches were expected to be complete this week with installation of drywall.
The project was proposed earlier this year in meetings held between city officials, Economic Development Director George Sutherland and Taylor School District administrators. Installation of a proper stage where the drama club could perform – and proper walls to contain the sound – was among the ideas that could merge city and school interests.
Volunteer labor was offered by Local 687 members Ron Maracle, Mark Styles, Michael Zocher, Burl Stanley and Ken Hassell, who met with Truman Principal Melissa Skopczynski to review the project. Union members have put their skills to use on recent projects in the city, including the pavilion at the North Central Little League ball field and the Veterans Home Program.
“The union has always stepped up and volunteered when it could for the betterment of our community,” Mayor Rick Sollars said.
Upcoming efforts include a relocation of the Heritage Park rink later this month.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)