By Mal Boright
Sports followers at Champlain Valley Union High have seen a lot of slogging going on in home contests—when not postponed—in recent years, and as a result a volunteer group is raising funds to help finance two artificial turf fields, lights and seating at the CVU athletic complex.
And according to committee spokesperson Kellie Stoll, the effort is coming along just fine.
“To date, we have raised over $160,000,” Stoll told the Observer during a telephone conversation Monday. “Our goal is $300,000 by the end of the school year.”
Ultimately, the group hopes to raise upwards of $1 million.
The total price tag for the proposed project is $2.6 million, with the turf installation phase one and the lighting and seating a second phase.
The basic problem has been the clay base of the fields, which drain poorly following rainstorms, leading to frequent postponements and interruptions to practice schedules. Fall sports of boys and girls soccer, field hockey and football have been especially hard pressed.
Stoll said the committee last week completed a series of three public meetings with a session in Charlotte. Previous meetings had been held in Hinesburg and Williston. Committee members will meet privately with potential contributors over the summer and then gear up for more public activity in the fall when school resumes.
Co-chairing the fund drive are Amy DuBrul and Kelly Austin.
The committee has a link (CVU Turf Project) on the CVU website which includes a color rendering of the additions.