The AFC Jr./Sr. High School students were guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new gymnasium and fine arts addition to the building. The AFC High School band performed the school song under the direction of Mr. Mark Dempsey.
Three students, Emily Vogeler, Brett Buhrow and Jaynee Prestegaard, addressed the assembly to thank the board and the community for the opportunities that students and community will enjoy in the new facility. Prestegaard noted that as a senior, she and her classmates wouldn’t be able to reap the benefits but is excited for the future students to be able to enjoy it.
The new facility will house a 1,200 seating capacity gymnasium that will allow the school to host regional and sectional tournaments, a new band and chorus room, locker rooms, a weight room for wrestlers, as well as physical education classes, and special events for the students and community throughout the year.
Attending the ceremony were AFC School Board members, Bob Colwell, president; Cindy Knight, secretary, Tiffany Willstead and Mark Delhotal. Others included Richard L. Johnson from Richard L. Johnson Architects, Joe Scandroli, presidents of Scandroli Construction, Anthony Scandroli, vice president of Scandroli Construction, Kevin Gugliuzza, Scandroli Construction, Tony Mora, Scandroli Construction.
Superintendent John Zick, “When the new fine arts/gymnasium is completed, it will be a spectacular and funcational facility. It will provide improved and designated classroom areas for band and chorus, an opportunity for students to improve their physical fitness, the opportunity to host additional tournaments and to bring us together for school and community events.”
Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2019.