MT. VERNON – The Schweinfurth Foundation has been granted lifetime naming rights for the new proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School theater.
School officials say Schweinfurth has donated roughly $510,000 to the school over the years for arts programs and that naming the new theater after the foundation helps continue this relationship.
The MVTHS Board of Education granted the naming rights Monday night as part of approving a $100,000 Schweinfurth grant to help equip the new theater. The grant was contingent on the foundation receiving lifetime naming rights.
“We're very appreciative of this support and their support over the years,” said school board president Carl Miller. “They've been very generous.”
The school's current auditorium carries the Schweinfurth name. There will also be more naming opportunities for the new MVTHS campus.
In addition Monday, the board heard a presentation on the expansion of a new technology program at the high school.
Starting in September, all freshman students will receive a Kuno 4 tablet device that they will be able to use throughout the school year. The devices were used on a pilot basis this spring for math and science, but officials wanted to expand the program further.
“We're going to see how it goes with this class so that we can kind of trial it out to see how it's going to work for our new school,” said Julie Littlefair, assistant principal at MVTHS.
Littlefair said the devices are designed to further engage students by offering a more digital learning experience. Federal Title 1 funds are paying for the program
“This is really going to be a tool for change,” Littlefair said.