Edinburg C.I.S.D held official groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday for two of the new fine arts auditoriums. The first one took place at Economedes High School and the second one at Edinburg North High School.

Various school board members, representatives from ERO Architects, Broaddus and Associates, SpawGlass Contractors Inc., and the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee were in attendance to not only provide some insight but also to explain how important it was to make sure these auditoriums were built.

“The arts have been very marginalized in public education across the board,” said Dr. Francisco Guajardo, representative for the Citizens Bond Committee. “This community finally made a statement by saying yes to this bond issue and very specifically by saying yes to this.”

Guajardo also explained that he hopes that these buildings are not just symbolic but also becomes the center of a much bigger conversation about the arts and how students can express themselves.

Economedes principal Gloria Rivera was extremely pleased that the school district was providing not only her school but all three high schools with a facility of this nature.

“Our school district performing arts groups are amazing and we are now so fortunate to be able to offer them a facility that they deserve,” Rivera said. “We are looking forward to the dedication so that we can spotlight these performers and the community.”

Immediately following the Economedes ceremony all the representatives continued to Edinburg North High School where a similar ceremony took place for their fine arts auditorium.

At this presentation the same representatives spoke of their associations with this project and also because of a near life-threatening accident that principal Ramiro Guerra is rehabilitating from, his daughter Aissa Guerra, who is also a member of the Cougar Band, gave some remarks on behalf of her father.

The ceremony concluded with the official groundbreaking of the facility.