Edgewood was among the first school systems in Butler County to install an artificial turf sports field, but that turf had reached 14 years, which exceeds the lifespan of most artificial sports surfaces.
The $1.2 million will come from the district’s permanent improvement funds — not the Edgewood operating budget fund that manages the day-to-day functions of the school system, district officials said, Thomas said.
He said funds for the additional upgrades would come from donations and stadium advertising.
And some of those donations will come at the gas pump.
As part of an agreement with Edgewood Schools, Todd’s IGA Express in Trenton is allowing customers to donate 3 cents per gallon – an additional 3 cents will be matched by the store if a rewards account is used – towards the stadium project .
The renovation project, which should be finished at the end of August, will also include a new track, changing rooms; stadium lights; extended concession area; expanded weight room and press room for students, as well as an improved stadium entrance.
Edgewood High School head football coach Scott Clemmons said the new pitch and grass track will impact thousands of students who don’t play sports but use the pitch to marching bands, physical education classes, non-school sports for young people, recreational activities for adults and Suite.
And said Clemmons, “It’s huge for all of these sports to have the opportunity to be here.”
“A lot of the community and many different teams will use it. It’s a focal point for the community.
For more information about the project and how to donate, see the Edgewood Schools website.