EASLEY — The Easley community, teachers, and school district administrators came out in big numbers Tuesday to rededicate the W. M. Scott Auditorium at Gettys Middle School to discover the facility will serve the entire county, not just the school district.
“The renovations began last July while school was out and now there are several elementary schools already interested in using it,” said Dr. Kelly Pew, Pickens County District Superintendent. “The best part is the auditorium will be available for the community to use as well, not just the schools.”
With new seating and aesthetic, as well as functional, work complete, Scott Auditorium is now ready for use, and administrators are excited at the prospects of the facility’s possible use to the community.
Mike Cory, principal of Gettys Middle School, was on hand and was excited about the finished product.
“They did a great job and a lot of people have been waiting and anxious for the building to reopen for use,” Cory said. “The size of the facility is perfect for any number of events and we already have people interested. West End is already in the planning stages of a talent show to be held here.”
According to Cory, the auditorium might be part of Gettys but it belongs to the community.
“This isn’t just for us here at the school or the school district. This is for the community and can be a big asset,” he said. “The capacity is for 750 people and for community events it would be a good size for a community like Easley.”
Cory and Pew both stressed the functionality of Scott Auditorium and encouraged the community to make use of the facility, stressing the renovation was for more than just to keep the auditorium in working condition.
“A lot of this renovation was about retaining some of Easley’s history and keeping it going rather than just deciding to close the doors on it,” Cory said. “It would be easy to decide to let some of our older buildings go, but they do have a lot of history and sometimes that’s just as important as anything else.”