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Sylacauga High School auditorium experiencing issues with stage’s curtain rigging system


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Recently, a discovery was made at the Sylacauga High School’s (SHS) auditorium that brought the safety of the stage area into question.

The cyclorama (CYC) curtain railing was damaged in some capacity not long ago, and it has been determined that a safety assessment crew is needed to check out the issue and see what needs to be done.

The thorough safety assessment will take place sometime in the next two weeks to properly test the counter-weighted rigging system for the stage curtains.

In the mean time, the auditorium will continue holding assemblies and other staged events as usual unless the assessment concludes that other guidelines or measures need to be taken.

Dr. Matt Hubbard, the Sylacauga City School system’s Executive Director of Supporting Programs, explained that the school is well-aware of the issue. While it is being addressed in a timely manner, Hubbard believes that the entire auditorium is safe and does not pose a serious threat to the students or faculty members.

“The comprehensive safety assessment will guide our next step in ensuring the curtain system is operating as safely as possible,” said Dr. Hubbard. “We are pushing for the assessment to be completed in a timely manner so that any repairs or upgrades can be addressed promptly as well.”

The school proceeded with holding Teacher Institute Day in the auditorium on Monday before students returned, and the meetings within the auditorium were attended by faculty with no issues.

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