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After 20 years, SVRCS is building a gymnasium

PHOTO PROVIDED A gymnasium is under construction at the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School.

LOGANTON — Sugar Valley Rural Charter School has been operating for the past 20 years making the most out of every space they have.

The “Multipurpose Room” has been the center of so many functions ranging from holding gym classes, lunch room, auditorium, and meeting room.

SVRCS sports teams have been able to hold practices in the MPR, however, all of their games have been on the road for lack of a proper gym space to hold sporting events.

The school’s drama department has traveled to Millbrook Playhouse in past years to present their performances.

CEO Tracie Kennedy and the administration knew their students needed a proper building to support and expand their programs. The school has grown to a point where the 21,160 square foot gym has been deemed necessary in order to meet the educational and extracurricular needs of the student body. After endless meetings and diligent planning, construction of Sugar Valley Rural Charter School’s new gymnasium is under way.

Construction began in October 2020 with Lobar, Inc. winning the bid to be the general contractor and Hoffman Leakey Architects serving as the project architects. The spacious facility will showcase basketball courts, volleyball courts, storage under the stage for wrestling mats, a performance stage, state of the art sound system, and staff offices. Bleachers will be able to seat up to 560 spectators and there will be a concession stand area built into the foyer. Students will gain locker rooms, as well as a physical fitness/weight room. A new parking lot will complete this project.

The sports teams are anxious to host PIAA sporting events, such as volleyball games and wrestling matches. Music and drama departments look forward to holding their performances on a proper stage, and the Board of Trustees wholeheartedly welcome a new tradition of awarding the seniors their diplomas on the stage. SVRCS will have full access to the facility in the fall of 2021.

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