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Harrisburg School District breaks ground on new football field, track

Harrisburg School District officials on Wednesday broke ground on Severance Field.

A major Harrisburg School District construction project is a touchdown in the eyes of staff and students.

On Wednesday, at the Harrisburg High School-John Harris Campus’s Severance Field, district officials ceremoniously broke ground on a project to replace the turf football field and the track.

“I’m ecstatic that our students will finally get what they deserve,” said Athletic Director Calvin Everett. “With these new facilities, the best is yet to come.”

Besides the new field and track, the district will add lighting to the stadium. Currently, the stadium has no lighting, which has restricted the use of the field after dark. Other improvements include constructing new field goal posts and soccer goals.

According to Everett, the field was last upgraded about 20 years ago.

The district is funding the $2 million capital project through its reserve funds. Everett said that the field will be ready for use in the fall, though summer practices will need to be relocated.

“We look forward to having everyone return in August to see the finished product,” said district Receiver Lori Suski.

Harrisburg football player Kyle Williams is looking forward to games on the new field for his senior year in the fall. In the past, the team was not able to have Friday night games like most school districts due to its lack of lighting, he said.

“It brings us a lot of joy knowing we will have this,” he said. “I’m really excited about the new field.”

On Monday night at a school board meeting, Turman also announced the return of middle school sports to the district, starting this fall. The district said they may offer football, cheerleading, wrestling, basketball, track and field, volleyball and soccer to students.

According to Turman, the groundbreaking of the Severance Field project is just another initiative of the district to improve programs for students.

“This is just one small step of many that we will do in the coming years to continue to bring pride to our district and city,” he said.

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