Pillager schools to name new auditorium CTC Center

Pillager Public Schools
Pillager Public Schools. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

PILLAGER — The new Pillager School District auditorium will be named the CTC Center, in conjunction with a new partnership with the telecommunications company.

In May 2019, community members within the Pillager School District voted in support of a referendum that included maintenance and remodeling projects to school facilities as well as the construction of a new auditorium.

“Pillager Public School is excited to partner with CTC to provide and expand opportunities for students and our community,” Pillager Superintendent Mike Malmberg said in a news release. “Joining forces will add excitement to the vision that the District has for the new ‘CTC Center.’ As an auditorium, we can look to host expanded events for our community and residents to enjoy and appreciate.”

The school district doesn’t currently have an auditorium. Instead there’s a small 80-year-old stage in the elementary cafeteria. The new auditorium will serve as a multi-functional community facility and will include tiered 350-seat theater seating, quality sound and lighting, ground-level entrance and large, flexible space for a variety of meetings, events and activities.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for CTC to give back to one of the communities we serve,” said Kristi Westbrock, CEO and general manager at CTC, in a news release. “We love the vision the school district has for the addition and we’re pleased to be a part of it.”


Crews are preparing the auditorium site for construction. The school district and CTC are planning a groundbreaking ceremony in the coming months.

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