King Fine Arts Center stage under construction after sprinkler ruptures graduation night

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BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Cassia County School District is still fixing up the stage at the King Fine Arts Center in Burley after the sprinkler system ruptures on graduation night.

On graduation day just a few weeks go, fine arts center Director Dusty Fisher said crews were getting ready to use the center as an overflow room, projecting graduation and live streaming it from the gymnasium — where the ceremony happens.

"We had worked a camera feed, we've gotten a full feed in here. About three to four minutes after spending the entire day getting that to work, my kids come running to me, shrieking my name down the hallway," he continued. "I hit them with some sarcasm because I thought they were just being silly and then I saw their faces."

It happened just four hours before graduation was supposed to start.

"The fire department showed up because the fire suppression system went off," he said.

Fisher and his student workers had to decide what pieces of floorboard to keep and what pieces to throw away. After the water came down, Fisher said he, his crew and maintenance, along with the fire department, helped clean up the water.

"At least 48 feet of flooring had to come up and we were over 60 feet wide," he said.

Fisher said the fire suppression system dumped 600 to 1,000 gallons of water.

"Smelled horrible when it came out, because it was stagnant water. We ended up with a ton of water on our stage," he continued. "Because of the design of our stage, a lot of water got up underneath our flooring."

The stage has many different layers and for crews to fix it, they had to pull it up.

"We have concrete, and then a layer of plastic, and then there's a floating floor and a then a layer of plywood and then a layer of particle board that creates a silent stage when you're walking across it. It doesn't make any noises," he explained.

Fisher said the stage had just been redone in 2011 or 2012 by the former director.

"Steve Floyd, the former director, finished the project of relaying the entire floor. It's supposed to be a 20-year floor. Well now, we've got 20 more years," he said.

Student worker Joe Crafts has been working with Fisher since his freshman year. This coming fall, he'll be a senior.

"It was a little surprising, but I mean, this sort of thing happens all the time. There's always something going on, so when it's water flying out of the ceiling above the stage, meh," he said.

Crafts has some stage maintenance under his belt and he thought the repairs were a good way for newer students to understand how it all works.

"The hours are great. Works hard, but I mean, if work wasn't hard, it wouldn't really be work," he said.

Fisher said they need to finish fixing the stage by July Fourth for a previously scheduled event.

"If it weren't for the fact that I had a crew of kids who helped me run this facility, we wouldn't be getting done the way we're getting done," Fisher said.

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