Throughout much of our region, the focus on improving high school life for students in public schools revolves around athletics. That's fine, as sports can play an important role in a youngster's development, but life is more than a game. That's something the folks in Ohio County Schools have come to understand.
Today, the school system unveils its $10 million J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center. The 1,200-seat center, located at Wheeling Park High School, is impressive. Former School Superintendent Lawrence Miller advocated for its construction.
Among its features are state-of-the-art electronics and a set shop for students to learn the behind-the-scenes operations of a theater. We encourage all Wheeling Park students to take advantage of what the center offers, as it will provide them both educational and real-world experiences they otherwise might not receive.
An open house at the performing arts center is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. today. We ask all Ohio County residents to attend and see what a true gem has been created for local students.