The Nixa School District has broken ground on a new performing arts center that is scheduled to open in the fall or winter of 2022.
The building, called the Aetos Center for the Performing Arts, is the result of a 2019 ballot issue that also provided for an increase in teacher salaries.
“Today is a big day,” Nixa Superintendent Dr. Gearl Loden said. “Today’s a day you’re going to smile even more than normal. We’re in a great community, and today highlights the support for our schools.”
Aetos is the Greek word for eagle, the mascot for the district.
“Much like the Greeks, with this building we further engrain theatre and the Arts as part of our community and culture here at Nixa,” school officials said in a statement.
The $16 million project will not only be used for school events, but the district will look for ways to rent out the facility to bring revenue into the district and community.