CASD touts stadium upgrades, CNB Bank|
Thursday, September 20, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Area School District held a press conference yesterday to thank CNB Bank of Clearfield for its contributions to the new stadium upgrades at the high school.
The district recently spent approximately $1.75 million to upgrade to its 6,000 seat stadium, which included the installation of FieldTurf artificial grass to allow the field to be used for football, soccer and physical education classes, a new track as well as new fencing and sidewalk improvements.
In addition, to the upgrades the district paid for, CNB Bank contributed approximately $70,000 for a new scoreboard, a new sound system, 25-second play clocks and to pay for the school lettering in the middle of the field and in end zones.
"Due to the generosity of CNB Bank and their willingness to partner with the Clearfield Area School District, our students and the community will benefit from several additions to the stadium, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Otto said.
Joe Bower, president and CEO of CNB Bank said they were happy to have had the opportunity to help the school district.
"Clearfield is a great place to live and raise a family and education is a cornerstone in that," Bower said.
He said extra-curricular activities are an important aspect of the educational experience and said CNB Bank decided to help with athletics because there isn't much funding available for athletic facilities.
Bower said it was also important that the stadium is being used for three sports, football, soccer and track and field and said they are hoping with the improvements to the stadium the school will be able host state playoff games in all three sports, which would benefit the local economy.
"We want people to come here and see how great Clearfield is," Bower said.
Interim Principal Tim Janocko said CNB Bank's contributions for the new scoreboard, 25-second clocks and sound system make it more likely the school will be able to host playoff events.
He said the old scoreboard couldn't be used for soccer because it didn't have the right timing mechanism and the old sound system was in poor condition.
In addition to the stadium improvements, the district also had the school's six tennis courts resurfaced.
The courts had been closed for more than two years due to their poor condition forcing the girls and boys tennis teams to play all their matches at other schools and practice at the tennis courts at the Clearfield Driving Park.
Janocko said the athletic improvements exceeded his expectations and said they will benefit every student in the school as well as the community.