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by Superintendent Chris Coffelt
Even though construction has stopped due to the onset of winter, the District continues to make progress toward completion of the Central Decatur Athletic Complex.
Most recently, at the December Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the proposed upgrade to the southeast entry.
Approximately $180,000 has been raised through the purchase of engraved bricks, scoreboard advertising and advertising packages for 2016-2017, leaving the project only $20,000 short of the goal.
The upgraded entry creates a more defined entry into the complex, emphasizes the namesake of the football field and honors those who purchased one of three levels of bricks on either a plaza walk, an honor wall or on the pillars that define the entry focal point.
Bricks can continue to be purchased at all three levels. Interested individuals can find additional information on the district website at www.centraldecatur.org and linking to the “New CD Athletic Complex”.
Features of the athletic complex include an all-weather eight lane track, synthetic surface football field and relocated shot, discus and high jump green spaces which will benefit much more than the varsity athletic teams that utilize these facilities. Marching band, flags, junior varsity, junior high, youth parks and recreation leagues and the community will each benefit from the improvements made through this project.
The district began this project this past fall, utilizing Securing an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds to pay for the $3.6 million dollar project.
These funds are collected through a sales tax at the state level and distributed to schools based on student enrollment.
The district has completed other district projects with this money including the renovation of South Elementary, district technology improvements, property tax relief and maintaining district buses and vehicles.
The athletic complex is only one part of the total cost of the project.
The district also plans to build a bus barn on the north side of district property at the high school and improve parking in front of North Elementary.
Construction will resume this spring once weather conditions improve, with August 1, 2016 as the projected completion date for the athletic complex.
Article provided by The Leon Journal-Reporter