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Tech students to build Mt. Pleasant Area baseball field dugouts

| Sunday, April 29, 2012, 5:50 p.m.

Students from Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center will build dugouts for the home and visiting teams at the Mt. Pleasant Junior High baseball field.

Students representing a number of departments will be involved in every aspect of the project, from design to construction.

"This is good on-the-job training," Mt. Pleasant Area School Board President Robert M. Gumbita said at Tuesday's board meeting. "And we get to see what our students at Mt. Pleasant can do."

The project includes construction of two storage areas for each dugout, something Gumbita and the rest of the board said the field is in dire need of.

The cost of materials is $7,000 per dugout, which will come from the district's capital construction fund. Student labor will be donated.

Some audience members at last night's meeting expressed concern regarding the athletic expenditure when it is unknown how much money will be needed for elementary schools renovations.

But director Richard Albright commended the board for allowing the students to take on the project. "I am glad that this board has finally recognized that these students are capable of such a project. They are proud and anxious to get started," Albright said.

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