Summerdale makes 2018 contribution to Elberta High

By Jessica Vaughn / jessica@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 4/12/18

SUMMERDALE – During a 2017 council, Elberta Mayor Jim Hamby approached the Summerdale council concerning monetary help to go towards building new sports fields for the new Elberta High School. …

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Summerdale makes 2018 contribution to Elberta High

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SUMMERDALE – During a 2017 council, Elberta Mayor Jim Hamby approached the Summerdale council concerning monetary help to go towards building new sports fields for the new Elberta High School. The new school held its first classes during the 2017-2018 year, starting out with 9th grade and steadily growing over the next three years into a full high school. Summerdale students are already attending the new school, which is lacking an adequate location allowing students easy access to sports.

“The School Board isn’t helping on anything to do with athletics currently, only school buildings,” said councilwoman Cheryl Stewart. “This is going to the Town of Elberta who have taken up the responsibility to deliver a sports field to their high school.”

The Town of Elberta approached Summerdale council in 2017 requesting assistance with the building of the new fields as they will be beneficial to both Elberta and Summerdale students. The Summerdale council then made a motion to set aside $5,000 of their budget each fiscal year to go towards the new sports fields.

“Elberta has asked us to send them the $5,000 that we budgeted this year,” said Mayor David Wilson. “They’re putting in a new deep water well to irrigate the athletic fields that they’re building currently.”

The money has already been budgeted, and the Summerdale council approved the transfer during their April 9 meeting.

“The citizens of Summerdale have their children going to this new high school, our whole 8th grade class from last year is down there now,” said Stewart. “It’ll only continue to grow as the school builds. This is benefiting our Summerdale students who will be going there.”

The sports field project has been divided into separate phases, and over the course of the next few years the Town of Elberta is hoping to build multiple playing fields for boys’ and girls’ teams as well as restrooms, storage, and extra parking.

“This project is upgrading the high school students’ ability to play sports, and I think that by us budgeting aside money each year, it shows a good relationship between us and Elberta,” said Wilson.

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