Northern York County School District Announces $1.4 Million Grant for Athletic Field Improvements Project
Northern York County School District announced the successful attainment of over $1.4 million in grant funding to support the Athletic Field Improvements Project to include the installation of a synthetic turf field behind Northern High School. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant, coupled with donations of over $820,000 secured through local donors through the fund-raising efforts of the Polar Bear Foundation, will help the District fund the estimated $2.2 million project.
The District’s Athletic Field Improvements Project includes the complete renovation of the existing field hockey/soccer field located behind Northern High School. Renovations include widening the field, moving light standards, installing new lights and standards, excavation of the field, stormwater management work, installation of security fencing and the installation of a synthetic turf field.
The RACP grant award also includes $200,000 for the replacement of existing lights at the District’s football stadium, Bostic Field, with LED lights. That work was completed in November, 2020 with the installation of four concrete bases and galvanized steel poles, electrical wiring, luminary assemblies, and 46 luminaries.
The District partnered with the Polar Bear Foundation (the District’s Education Foundation), a Turf Field Committee, and community and booster organizations, to begin fundraising for the project in 2019 with a goal of $1,204,888. The sole purpose of the fundraising efforts was to offset the cost to the District and taxpayers for the project. With the awarding of $1,419,032 from the RACP grant, as well as local donations through the Polar Bear Foundation, the District has now secured the necessary funding to move forward with the project.
“The Board of Directors is grateful for this investment in the Athletic Fields Renovation Project which will allow the District to continue to offer high quality athletic experiences for both our students and our community members,” Board President Ken Sechrist said. “We especially thank Senator Mike Regan and State Representative Dawn Keefer who were pivotal in securing the grant, as well as Greg Hlatky, Mike Barndt, Eric Eshbach, Gerry Schwille, Matt Lusk, York County Commissioner Julie Wheeler and Chief Clerk Mark Derr who all worked tirelessly to support this project.”
The Northern York County School District Board of Directors is expected to vote on a motion at their regular meeting on January 26, 2021 to authorize District Administration to release the invitation for bids for the project. Exact timing for the bid invitation will be dependent on funding, permits, and construction schedules.