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May 13, 2013

Build it and they will come: New Summerfield sports complex beginning to take shape

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NEW SUMMERFIELD — Providing for the future

Weiss said that constructing the sports complex became possible when the school district had the opportunity to purchase the badly needed acreage a while back.

“We've always wanted to do more here, but we were land locked,” he explained. “A few years ago a few tracts became available and we were able to purchase them. Once we had the land secured we started thinking about the sports complex so that we could provide more opportunities for all of our kids.”

Weiss said that there is still plenty of land that will serve as a location for any future expansion that the school district should need in years to come.

“Our school board has been real supportive of this project and it is also their desire to provide more opportunities for our students,” he said. “At the same time we've been able to make some decisions that will provide for future growth.”

And what do those students think about all this?

Judging by their participation pledges for next year, they seem pretty stoked.

“Fifty percent of our kids have indicated that they plan to participate in at least one sport next year,” Weiss said. “We think that level of participation is phenomenal for a school our size.”

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