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Panther club wants to upgrade facilities

Published March 18. 2019 01:12PM

The softball booster club at Panther Valley Junior-Senior High School is motivated to upgrade the team’s facilities.

On Thursday, the Panther Valley school board agreed to give the club a chance to raise money to add bleachers and dugouts, and someday, drainage improvements to the field. They’re also working with the baseball team booster club to install a batting cage. Parents say they just want the same things as the baseball team.

“The boys have the dugouts, the girls don’t. The group of softball boosters this year are fighting to get them,” said Beth Pascoe.

In the near term, they are planning the batting cage with the baseball team, and hoping to build a set of stands or bleachers that can be used at the softball field, and moved as needed.

In preparation for the 2020 season, they are hoping to build dugouts at the field.

Last year, the team had to cancel multiple games because of problems with the field. The district doesn’t have any plans to upgrade the drainage at the field right now. But that would be another long-term goal if fundraisers are successful.

“We’re trying to do something with drainage for the field to hopefully prevent that from happening,” Pascoe said.

Understanding that the district has no extra money to spend, the booster club is hoping it can raise the money to fund improvements.

“The only thing that the booster club has asked is that the school help with any kind of construction. Primarily we would do the funding,” Pascoe said.

Coach Candace Olson said the players deserve the facilities, and having a motivated group of parents takes a burden off her.

“I want the girls to have everything nice that they can,” Olson said.

The booster club has two upcoming fundraisers: a bake sale at Walmart in Hometown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 31, and a car wash at McDonald’s in Nesquehoning on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations can also be sent to the club care of Panther Valley High School.

The booster club is also making it possible for alumni and softball team supporters to follow its games online this year using a twitter account: @pvladysoftball.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of elementary teacher Johnna West effective at the end of the year, and football equipment manager John Ruzicka, effective immediately.

• Approved a $49,960 COSTARS contract with Pavement Maintenance Contractors Inc. to do maintenance on the intermediate school parking lot. Building and grounds supervisor Smokey Krajnak said the project will extend the life of the parking lot.

• Approved a $6,850 contract with 3M construction to do maintenance on the curbs and sidewalks at the stadium.

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