Brookhaven softball boosters pledge $267K for athletic expansion

Published 1:00 pm Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Brookhaven School District’s Softball Booster Club has committed $267,000 to add a girls’ locker room to the existing facility.

Booster chair Jason Dooley made the commitment recently to the School Board on behalf of the Club.

“The coaching staff would like to keep more seventh and eighth-grade girls to learn softball,” Dooley said. “But the current facility is not large enough. We’d like to build an addition to enlarge the locker room and practice facility.”

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Because no money exists in the district’s budget for the projects, the Booster Club asked the Board to accept its commitment to fund a $267,000 project to add the locker room.

“This would be Phase 1,” Dooley said. “We ask the Board to consider helping fund Phase 2, which would be to enlarge the practice facility.”

Dooley is operations manager of R.K. Wallace Construction. The company will manage the project and pull permits with no charges for labor provided, just the $500 cost of the permit. Dooley said legal issues had already been discussed with Superintendent Rod Henderson and Board attorney Will Allen prior to presenting the proposal to the Board.

“We’re good to go. We just need Board approval to proceed, and possible future help,” Dooley said.

While insurance certificates must be received prior to work beginning, Dooley clarified that Phase 1 is not contingent upon the Board agreeing to fund Phase 2 down the road.

The Board unanimously and gratefully accepted the Club’s donation and commitment to providing the locker room addition.