Rally for the Valley

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Important Update on Project Status:
The Perkiomen Valley School District Board of School Directors authorized the administration at the March 2nd work session to secure proposals to install synthetic turf fields at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium and the varsity high school baseball field. The cost for both projects is not to exceed $3.9 million and will be paid for through a combination of anticipated bond funding and money that has already been set aside for capital projects.

The Board agreed to take action on the agenda item at the March work session rather than waiting until the business meeting in the hopes that earlier approval would help move these projects along. With the Board’s action, the district can now secure proposals from vendors to complete the work for the start of the 2020-21 fall sports season. The Board will later have to vote to award the contract(s) after proposals are received.

The initiative to improve the district’s athletic fields has been ongoing for more than a year, after a facilities review found Perkiomen Valley’s facilities to be overused and in need of renovation. As part of the March 2 meeting’s finance update, the Board reviewed a breakdown of costs associated with the projects and what funds could be used to pay for these items. The biggest expense is the installation turf at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium and the renovation of the high school track, with an estimated price tag of $2 million. The current proposal is to use bond funding to pay for these improvements. The Board authorized the business office and financial advisors in February to secure a bond not to exceed $9 million for capital projects.

The installation of turf at the baseball field is estimated to cost $1.8 million. Installing turf at this location will allow the field to become multi-purpose in use as a space for field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball teams to practice/play. It is being suggested that capital reserve funds be used to finance this project.

Along with the installation of turf, the school district has been working with ELA Sports to determine what other upgrades should be made while construction is taking place. Some of those upgrades could include new lighting at both fields, installing mid-aisle hand rails and upgrading the press box at the football stadium, updating scoreboards at both fields, installing a paver patio at the football stadium, and installing wifi at the football stadium. These additional items, if approved by the Board, could be paid for through a combination of bond funds, capital reserves, and money raised through the “Rally for the Valley” capital campaign. It will be up to the Board to decide in coming months what work is done and how it will be financed.

The intent is to begin work on the baseball field in May and the football field in June, so that both can be complete (or mostly complete) in time for the fall athletic season.
A campaign to improve student experiences and level the playing field

Football games. Marching band competitions. Athletic contests. Hall of Fame celebrations. PV Olympics. Graduation. These are just a few of the events we hold each year at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium. It’s a place that is about so much more than athletic events and competition - it is a place where our community gathers regularly to celebrate student and community successes and the things that make Perkiomen Valley a special place to live, learn and work. 

Built in 1994, Thomas J. Keenan Stadium is in need of a major renovation after years of use by the school district and community. It is time for us to rally for the Valley and renovate our stadium and other athletic fields so that they can serve future generations of Vikings for years to come. Please take a look at the work being proposed and consider how you can rally to ensure that our Valley is a place for the community to come together well into the future.

Capital Campaign Steering Committee

Sean Berk
Kelly Bernardyn
Jon Chesshire
Bryan Churchey
Matthew Dorr
Sarah Evans-Brockett
Ken Fulmer
Dr. Gene Halus
Andrew Hanlon
Cynthia Hickey
Amy Hurd
Larry Glanski
Jessica Lester
Tom Molnar
Dr. Cyndi Moss
Beth Negro
Allison Petersen
Dr. Barbara Russell
Jeff Schweitzer
Lori Smith
Diane Staples
Kathleen Stengel
Anthony Wallace
Jim Weaver
Jeff Wuerstle