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Fundraiser eyed for stadium upgrades at Greencastle-Antrim School District

April 13, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover addresses crowd gathered Wednesday to see how to go about raising funds for major improvements to the high school stadium complex, including two artificial turf fields, a new all-weather track and the replacement of the stadium lights.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle community unofficially kicked off a capital campaign on Wednesday night that will help raise the $2.5 million for a stadium project and other athletic improvements.

Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover set up 50 chairs in the G-A Middle School library hoping for a large crowd, and he wasn't disappointed.

"I set up for 50 and I was very close to that," said Hoover. "It is also a community that comes together to make it a better community, which is what it is."

Last week, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted to move forward on major improvements to the high school stadium complex, including two artificial turf fields, a new all-weather track and the replacement of the stadium lights.

The meeting began as a discussion to determine if there was any interest in embarking on a capital campaign, and in a few minutes, people were ready to ask how to proceed.

Hoover said he needed a steering committee with at least a chairperson, assistant chairperson, treasurer, assistant treasurer, secretary and two directors.

"Who's willing to join me on the steering committee? Let's get up here and jump in," said James Farley. "You can't complain about things unless you're willing to jump in there to try and change them or willing to make them better."

Nine community members stood up and agreed to become members of the steering committee. The first meeting of the steering committee was set up for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the middle school library.

Fred Bubeck of Greencastle, will also serve on the steering committee.

"I figure the money is coming out of us one way or the other. They'll either raise the taxes to get it or we can volunteer to contribute," Bubeck said. "I figure taxes don't likely go down very often so I choose to try and raise money."

He said that Greencastle is a very tight knit community and he is confident that the community will support the capital campaign.

"We don't want to raise the taxes for this and our plan right now is that taxes won't be raised to pay for this project," Hoover said.

"The stadium project is $2.5 million and the capital campaign is to help pay off the annual debt payment that we have right now and to hopefully help pay off that $2.5 million and also add some other areas of the stadium that are not in the project like bleachers, lighting, etc."

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