The last time the Central Cambria School District made upgrades to its athletic facilities was in the 1990s.
School officials are now looking to update some of the “wear and tear.” They couldn’t put a total price tag on the upgrades to their athletic facilities, but it will be a high cost, which is why they say they’re planning early.
“Whenever we talk about doing anything field wise, there is a great deal involved as far as landscaping, planting grass, thing like that,” says school superintendent Doctor Vincent DiLeo.
DiLeo says they want to remodel the existing football, baseball, softball, and practice fields. Plus future students could see a new multipurpose field that alone would cost $200,000.
“Our fields get used a lot, and they’re starting to show some wear.”
DiLeo says these upgrades will be prioritized by the school board. No real grants are available for what they want to do, so they are going to take it to the board with options available.
Although the facilities are used by the community, DiLeo says they don’t want to cause a tax increase or expense to folks in the area.
“It’s not going to be a short-term fix. These fields and facilities didn’t get to this point over night and they’re not going to be enhanced or modified overnight.”
There is no set timeline for this project. The school district says the costs are high, while funding is low, and this isn’t their only renovation project.
“We’re going to renovate the high school gym. We’re in the process of doing that right now. We’re going to get a new floor put in, and some cosmetic work with painting and lighting.”
Those renovations are expected to be completed by the start of next school year.
DiLeo says although there is no current timeline for the project, he assures school athletes that work will be completed for each project during the off-season.