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Study to kick off capital campaign for Pa. school group

April 23, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A feasibility study will start soon to determine if an educational foundation can raise enough money to replace the track and football field at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community (WABEC) Foundation will be hiring a consultant to estimate how much fundraising can be accomplished for the project. Officials said the capital campaign will focus on athletic facilities but could also address arts and academics if contributions allow.

WABEC representatives addressed the Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday about starting the initiative.

“Obviously you don’t just have a million dollars sitting around. ... We feel this is something the community would want to support,” WABEC’s Bob Zimmerman told the school board.

Zimmerman said the organization needs the school board to finalize a naming rights policy related to donations.

The school district track is 19 years old and will need to be replaced in 2014, athletic director Eric McIlquham said.

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Track improvements and replacing the football field surface with artificial turf could cost nearly $1.3 million, he said.

WABEC board member Randy Sellers said students are seeing quality facilities at schools such as Greencastle-Antrim High School and James Buchanan High School, both of which used capital campaigns to do renovations.

“We don’t want our students to be at a disadvantage,” he said.

While the proposed capital campaign would primarily address athletic needs, Sellers highlighted WABEC’s previous work with arts and academics. The foundation recently contributed $72,295 to a music lab at the high school and $2,100 for an after-school tutoring program at Fairview Elementary School.

School board members said they expect to vote on a naming rights policy in coming weeks.

“I think most people, I hope, are feeling pretty positive about it,” school board member Bonnie Bachtell said of adopting a naming rights policy.

Zimmerman was previously involved with capital campaigns for the Waynesboro Area YMCA and soccer fields off Country Club Road.

“They were only successful because of naming rights,” he said.

Preliminarily, WABEC thinks about 12 things in the athletic stadium could be eligible for naming through donations ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each, Zimmerman said.

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