Woodland Middle celebrates new amphitheater, campus modernization

Tom Rees, VP Halfacre Construction, address crowd during Woodland Middle Amphitheater Ribbon Cutting

Students, staff and school district administrators celebrated the completion of a $325,000 upgrade to Woodland Middle School on Friday.

Lakewood-based Halfacre Construction Company recently completed the school’s new amphitheater for the school’s courtyard and modernization of the campus at 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port. The outdoor amphitheater was a design-build by Halfacre Construction Company.

The job also included a new security fence and electric gate.

Halfacre Vice President Tom Rees joined Sarasota County Schools Middle School chief Brandon Johnson and Woodland Principal Mark Grossenbacher for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The school’s orchestra and drum line also performed while attendees enjoyed bagels, pastries and coffee donated by Halfacre.

“We are so excited and honored to partner with Halfacre Construction on this project,” Grossenbacher said. “The amphitheater will provide a safe and secure outdoor venue for our student artists and teachers to provide outdoor performances for our staff, families and community for many years to come.

“The project looks amazing, and our staff and students couldn’t be more excited to perform.”

The North Port-based middle school is home to more than 1,035 students in sixth through eighth grades.