January 13, 2015.............................Volume 2, No. 6
The Meeting in Review
Methacton's Board of School Directors voted to approve bids for construction of the fields improvement project at Methacton High School during their special meeting on January 12, 2015.
This is a huge milestone in the project that began with the athletic feasibility study in 2008. Dr. Zerbe and Board President S. Christian Nascimento expressed thanks and congratulations to the Board and administration, as well as others in the Methacton community who have expressed support and encouragement for the project for so many years.
Click to read Board President Nascimento's letter to the community.
Details of the approved construction bids were outlined in Dr. Zerbe's presentation to the Board. The School Board's approval will enable the district to plan for the start of construction on or about March 2, 2015. As construction will disturb a number of existing fields throughout the high school campus, this will require adjustments to the coming MHS athletic season. The high school administration will be working closely with coaches and others to make adjustments in order to allow students to compete with as little disruption as possible.
Worcester Township placed a number of additional conditions (click to read the complete order on the township's website) on the district as part of their approval of the conditional use application. This application applies to the height of the light standards, the brightness of the lights, as well as the hours of illumination, days of use and several other items. As a result, the Board approved the authorization of an appeal of this decision. Pending the results of this appeal, the installation of field lighting is on hold, and adjustments will be made to the electrical bids. The administration hopes to present the field lighting bid for board approval in the near future. Look to Dr. Zerbe's presentation for additional detail.
All items listed on the agenda were approved.
Warrior Pride Capital Campaign
The Board has committed $4 million of a $5.5 million bond to the project. The balance of the project's costs will be funded with private funds provided through in-kind, cash, and stock contributions raised through the Warrior Pride Capital Campaign. To date, in excess of $1.2 million dollars of the campaign's $1.7 million goal amount has been pledged. The campaign is divided into two phases. The first phase is focused on contributions in excess of $5,000 and the second on contributions below that amount. This second phase will provide opportunities for all to contribute to this effort, creating a true community campaign benefiting our students, our school, and the entire Methacton School District.
Follow the campaign's progress at www.methacton.org/warriorpride.