Choir room renovation a hit at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein

  • Carl Sandburg Middle School choir students applaud the upgrades to their meeting space after choral director Stevee Bellas, right, revealed the room to students Tuesday at the Mundelein school. Improvements included new chairs and risers, paint and a wall of mirrors.

      Carl Sandburg Middle School choir students applaud the upgrades to their meeting space after choral director Stevee Bellas, right, revealed the room to students Tuesday at the Mundelein school. Improvements included new chairs and risers, paint and a wall of mirrors. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Choral director Stevee Bellas, center, shows students the newly refurbished choir room Tuesday at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein.

      Choral director Stevee Bellas, center, shows students the newly refurbished choir room Tuesday at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Alex Garcilazo, owner of Midland Glass Co. in Libertyville, donated and installed the five mirror panels during the summer in the Carl Sandburg Middle School choir room at he Mundelein School.

    Alex Garcilazo, owner of Midland Glass Co. in Libertyville, donated and installed the five mirror panels during the summer in the Carl Sandburg Middle School choir room at he Mundelein School. Courtesy of District 75

 
 
Updated 8/27/2019 5:45 PM

The big reveal of the refurbished choir room at Carl Sandburg Middle School received an enthusiastic welcome from students and teachers Tuesday, when it was cited as an example of the shared mission of Mundelein Elementary District 75 and Mundelein High School District 120.

The Mundelein school's choir program was established three years ago, when it shared a room with the band. Space became a problem as the program's grew in popularity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Changes to a make the space a complete classroom were made this summer, with the volunteer help of teachers and the school maintenance team.

Walls were painted, cabinets repositioned, storage closets created, old risers tossed, new platforms put in place and full-length mirrors donated by Midland Glass Co., installed.

The renovation was done to provide the best possible experience for the extracurricular program, which continues to grow in size and offerings, including a school musical.

"We hope this new space will create excitement for more students to join choir and (the) musical this year," said Moulee Gupta, musical director and performing arts coordinator.

Carl Sandburg's choir program is under the direction of Stevee Bellas, choral director at Mundelein High School. She said the enhanced space will create new possibilities for students to discover music and lead to a smoother transition to MHS.

Bellas also thanked District 75 and 120 administrators who helped build the choral program and "continue to support us as we grow and expand our vision."

The 2019-2020 fiscal year is the first in which Superintendent Kevin Myers and other top Mundelein High staffers also will work for District 75. The two districts will share the financial responsibility for the employees' salaries and benefits, which results in a lightened fiscal burden.

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