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December 5, 2012

School board approves Trojan Stadium upgrade

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown school board on Tuesday agreed to hire a Windber area company to build a larger press box at Trojan Stadium.

The district, trying to raise revenue by hosting district and state high school playoff games, needs a larger place to house all of the equipment, coaches and reporters that are required for such games.

Capitol Construction Inc. of Scalp Level was the low bidder with a quote of $182,300. Work is expected to start around July 1, the start of the district’s fiscal year, and be completed in early August.

Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak said the only drawback for landing playoff games was the size of the press box.

Even for regular events, the press box was no longer large enough, and personnel have to work outside the facility, he said.

The new press box will have two floors and measure 11 feet in depth and 42 feet in length. Overall, it will be twice the size of the existing one.

Zahorchak said the board had been saving money for the project for a number of years.

“The money is now in place and the bid came in at an affordable price,” he said.

The existing press box was not able to be expanded, he said. It will remain intact and will be used for team film apparatus and personnel plus the news media, he said. The new press box will be used by coaches, statisticians, spotters and team administrators, he said.

In other matters, the board reorganized as is required at this time of year under state law.

Richard Unger was re-elected president and John Berzinsky was selected again as vice president. Thomas Dadey was re-elected by his colleagues to serve on the Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 board of directors. Unger will once again serve as the district’s liaison to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Zahorchak said the administration will provide the board with an enhanced method of planning goals and measuring progress toward those goals.

Under the Key Performance Indicators method, administrators will help school directors make the best decisions by providing them with detailed information and graphics.

“It’s more concrete and ultimately will drive planning and strategies to reach the board’s goals, resulting in better student and employee outcomes,” Zahorchak said.

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