Waynesboro Area School Board seeks volunteers to install bleachers at stadium

March 16, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board is seeking volunteer labor to install aluminum bleachers at Indian Stadium.

Board members plan to continue discussing how to recognize volunteers, whether through signs, tax deductions or a ceremony. What they do agree on is the help would be appreciated to drive down costs for the bleachers.

"If the public gets involved, it's a win-win for everybody," Board President Ed Wilson said.

District employees will be tearing out the wooden bleachers and materials delivered for the replacements, Wilson said.

He said new bleachers will be installed on both the home and visitors' sides of the football field. Everything will be replaced, including some of the existing wooden bleachers that are covered in aluminum.

The gaps between seats will be made smaller so that small children cannot slip through the space and fall to the ground, Wilson said.

"We're going to bid out these bleachers, and we're going to have to get moving on this because we have a short time frame to get this in," he said.

Wilson said he's hoping to have about 25 contractors donate their time or employees' time over two days, possibly in June.

"Part of the reason we wanted to get the business community, and hopefully we'll get contractors or mechanics with the ability to get in there, ... the logic behind it is speed and people who know what they're doing," he said.

Wilson suggested participating businesses could have signs posted on the stadium fence for a year. Board member Firmadge Crutchfield said he was concerned about injecting commercialism into the school property and instead suggested a tax write-off.

Board member K. Marilyn Smith said the "diehard football fans" in the community might help, and they could be recognized at a football game.

The board decided to seek volunteers, who can call 717-762-1191, while it decides how to thank them.

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