Boosters help raise pressbox for Clear Spring High

November 27, 1996


Staff Writer

Sitting between Clear Spring High School's multi-purpose and girls' softball fields, the concrete-block shell of the school's new press box shows what can be accomplished if parents and the community work together, said Principal John Peckyno.

"We're looking at an excellent athletic program along with an excellent academic program," Peckyno said. "I think the will is there and the way is there, all we have to do is pull it together."

The press box - scheduled for completion in time for the spring sports season - is a major step toward a long-term goal of upgrading the school's athletic facilities, he said.


Plans include lighting the multi-purpose field, redoing the worn-out track, and building a concession stand and bathrooms, he said.

The need for a press box became obvious last year during homecoming, when there was no way to announce the homecoming court, band or soccer players, said track coach/math teacher Scott Horning.

The homecoming event is relatively new to the school, Horning said.

The press box will be used for four sports - boys' soccer, girls' soccer, girls' softball and track and field, said Horning, who is acting as project supervisor.

It will accommodate an announcer, a scorekeeper, a statistician and the press.

Construction started Oct. 1, with volunteers working evenings and weekends to finish the shell of the five-sided press box before cold weather sets in.

Weather permitting, the shell will be finished this week, when the roof goes on, said Ron Baker, president of Clear Spring High School Athletic Boosters.

More help is needed to get the building completed by spring athletic season, he said.

Bricklayers are needed to volunteer their skill for the exterior, Baker said. Money is needed to pay for drywall, paint and additional sound system equipment.

Much of the money for the project's first phase was raised by boosters, he said.

Local service organizations, businesses and individuals contributed money, labor and supplies to the project.

The two-story press box would have cost more than $20,000 if not for donated labor and building supplies, which cut the price to less than $10,000, Horning said.

Parents of the high school's students have supported the project, said Peckyno, who would like to broaden the support base to include future users as well.

A dedication ceremony recognizing everyone who contributed to the project is planned for spring, Peckyno said.

The boosters meet at 7:15 p.m. on the first Monday of every month in the school library.

Anyone wishing to help may call Horning or Peckyno at the high school at 842-2126.

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