Last month, amid a lot of hoopla, the Millcreek school board voted to spend $94 million on a new school complex. Plans are getting underway with scheduling construction. Read Sean McCracken’s complete coverage of the timeline here.
The plan to knock down a high school and raise up a new athletic field is on deck, but the field comes first. And the devil is in the details. The current Gus Anderson stadium has six lanes which means the school cannot host any major PIAA track events. Architect Chris Coughlin, of Hallgren, Restifo, Loop & Coughlin Architects, said the pricetag will boost another $250,000 in construction costs by installing eight rather than six lanes.
Right now, Harbor Creek High School, which has an eight-lane track, hosts the District 10 track and field championships. The event brings in athletes, parents and patrons from a lot of schools. Track meets include admission fees and concessions. As a track mom, I know this is big money.
In Millcreek, board members Ron Wilga, Judy Wheaton, Terry Scutella and John DiPlacido favor a six-lane track, and Brian Kramer favors eight lanes, according to McCracken’s article.
There is a special meeting tonight at the Millcreek Education Center, 3740 West 26th St., from 6 to 8 p.m. I’m not sure if they are discussing the field or the track, but they face some important issues.