- Sycamore Community Schools
$2.5 Million Private Funding Goal Reached Towards Stadium
Sycamore Community Schools has kept its promise to the community to raise $2.5 million in private funding for a new multi-use stadium at Sycamore High School.
Before even publicly launching the Always An Aviator capital campaign, the district has already exceeded its goal to match the $2.5 million raised for the stadium through the approved 2019 bond issue.
“We are thrilled that despite the challenges of fundraising during the pandemic, our community has stepped up in a big way to support current and future Aviators,” said Mark Harden, Athletic Director. “We are incredibly blessed to have such supportive families, alumni, and community members.”
Quiet outreach for the capital campaign began last Spring to fund the stadium as well as improvements to the district’s other athletic facilities. The following generous donations were made towards the stadium project:
- $1.75 million: anonymous donation
- $250,000: Mark and Saundra Seger family
- $250,000: Sycamore High School Athletic Boosters
- $150,000: Alumni Donor Group
- $145,000: Various donors
The stadium is expected to be completed by Summer 2022. Current plans include a 4,200 seat stadium with a press box, turf, and community gathering space.
Additionally, Mark and Saundra Seger have committed $3 million towards a complete pool renovation at Sycamore High School. The Seger Family Natatorium will include an 8-lane championship course pool, a competition water polo course depth, and seating for over 400 spectators.
Additional funds will be raised to create a new athletic campus layout on the high school’s campus. This includes relocating and reconstructing the softball and baseball fields. The district is also seeking funding for other athletic facility improvements and has partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to establish the Always an Aviator Fund
“On April 17, 2019, we made a commitment to the community that the stadium project would not move forward until the $2.5 million in private funding was achieved. We have met that threshold,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent. “Our goal is to provide students and student-athletes with the amenities they need to maximize their potential while remaining fiscally responsible in the process. We will continue our fundraising efforts, when the timing is appropriate, to ensure that our facilities match the excellence of our students and community.”