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Cha-ching! Kiski Area Education Foundation donates nearly $100,000 for football stadium upgrades

Emily Balser
| Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 8:33 p.m.
Bill Umbaugh, 35, of Leechburg, installs a metal roof on a concessions stand building at  Kiski Area's Richard Dilts Stadium. Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017.
Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Bill Umbaugh, 35, of Leechburg, installs a metal roof on a concessions stand building at Kiski Area's Richard Dilts Stadium. Tuesday Oct. 17, 2017.

The Kiski Area School District got a surprise donation this week — to the tune of nearly $100,000.

The Kiski Area Education Foundation presented the school board with a check for about $94,600 during Monday's school board meeting. The foundation has been running a capital campaign to raise money for stadium upgrades.

“We wanted to be a part of it,” said John Meighan, executive director of the foundation's board of trustees. “We've been working on this for about a year.”

The district is in the final weeks of completing a $1.4 million stadium project that includes the addition of bleachers, a press box and restrooms to the existing artificial turf field.

Six local donors who wanted their money to go specifically toward the stadium project gave the funds.

Meighan said the foundation has been involved with the stadium project from the beginning, when it helped to secure grant funding for the turf football and soccer fields.

“The foundation was really a catalyst in getting the stadium project started,” said Meighan, a retired Kiski Area superintendent.

Meighan said the foundation wanted to help alleviate the tax burden of the project on residents by providing the funds.

Board President Tamra Smail said the board didn't know the district would be getting the money this week.

“That was a welcome surprise,” she said.

Smail said the district is on target to finish the project by the end of the month.

“Unfortunately, we won't be playing any games there this year,” she said.

Smail said the money can go toward future work at the stadium, such as a concession stand.

“We're doing it piece by piece, but it's coming along,” Smail said of the stadium.

Superintendent Tim Scott said the money will help make the stadium a “first-class facility.”

The district has also hired Palombo Landscaping to do renovations to the softball and baseball fields at a cost of just over $300,000.

District officials have previously said those projects would be determined as the buildings and grounds committee identifies specific needs for the fields.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or via Twitter @emilybalser.

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