Madison East auditorium may get boost from public-private matching funds

Matthew DeFour:

Madison East High School senior Delia Ross remembers her freshman year band teacher telling students in her class they would be performing in a renovated auditorium before they graduated.
But despite a fundraising effort launched two years ago with the goal of raising $3.5 million by East’s 90th anniversary this year, the auditorium remains an ugly, acoustically dysfunctional lecture hall full of uncomfortable burnt orange bowling alley chairs.
“It’s really disappointing,” said Ross, who is performing in an upcoming production of Macbeth. “My brother will be a freshman next year, so maybe in his time they’ll get a new theater.”
The chances of that and other district building improvements happening are getting a boost from an administration proposal to create a program to match private donations for building projects with public funds.