STRASBURG (WJER) (October 21, 2022) – The Strasburg-Franklin School District broke ground Tuesday on a new $2.8 million athletic facility made possible by COVID relief funds.
Strasburg Superintendent Vince Lindsey says the project will be partially paid for by ESSER funds – that’s federal money allocated to public schools to help them recover from the pandemic.
“We’re doing it fiscally responsible, so we are working with a local bank to make monthly payments to make sure we cover that. ESSER funds and general fund money as well will tie into it.”
Strasburg’s new athletic facility will be connected to the main building. There will be a weight room, a walking track, a multi-purpose basketball court, and softball and baseball cages and nets.
“Currently, we don’t have a lot of space here, so all sports programs will be able to use it.
“We’re still in conversation about how the community can tie into it with that walking track.”
Lindsey says it will be used by all students in grades kindergarten through 12 for athletics, academics, and recess.
At this point, it’s not designed to host public sporting events.
The tentative completion date is in August next year.
“We love it. It’s exciting. It’s a big deal. Kids are excited about it. They’re always inquiring, ‘Is it going to be done when I’m here? Is it going to be done before I graduate?’ The seniors are leaving a legacy because it’s something they deserve and work toward, and they are pumped to leave that type of legacy.”