TRAVERSE CITY — There won't be an orchestra pit, new lights or improved acoustics at Central High School's auditorium any time soon.
Traverse City Area Public Schools voters rejected a $13-million, .09-mill proposal to rebuild Central's outdated auditorium by nearly 3,000 votes on Tuesday.
The proposed reconstruction project was an attempt to make Central's auditorium equitable with the facilities at Traverse City West Senior High School by increasing seating, adding an orchestra pit and replacing lighting and sound systems, among other improvements.
Mike Koper attended both schools when he was a student. Koper, of Long Lake Township, said the auditorium proposal seemed "like a lot of money to support minimal gain," and he voted against it.
"It just seems like every year they are asking for more and more money," Koper said of schools officials.