As a $30 million renovation of Hempstead High School comes to a close, the Dubuque Community School District will host an open house and dedication for the addition on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event will begin with a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. in the school’s new auditorium, followed by an opportunity for guests to explore the new facilities until noon. The dedication and open house are open to the public and all are invited to attend.

“The Hempstead renovation is another example of how the state’s one-cent sales tax funding directly benefits students and our local economy,” said Superintendent of Schools Stan Rheingans. “We are excited to celebrate the project’s completion and share the renovation with our community.”

The $30 million project, which broke ground in May 2013, includes the addition of a 700-seat auditorium, an auxiliary gym with two courts and seating for 450, additional classroom space for music and technology education, a new kiln room in art, new administrative offices and other mechanical and safety enhancements. The project is well ahead of its anticipated January 2016 completion.