The Neelin Spartans football team practises under floodlights at the school’s field in October 2012. (FILE PHOTO)
Brandon’s United Commercial Travelers branch plans to donate towards École secondaire Neelin High School’s new football field canteen and press box in exchange for signage recognizing their contribution.
School board trustees showed their support for the project and the idea during Monday night’s regular board meeting.
Neelin High School principal Michael Adamski told trustees that local the UCT branch, James B. Chrisp Council No. 448, has committed to making a monetary contribution to the electrical portion of the project.
In exchange for their donation, UCT would like to install a three-foot by five-foot sign on the upper west side of the canteen press box, which faces 18th Street.
Although UCT has yet to come forward with an exact amount, Adamski said the electrical portion of the project will cost roughly $8,000. When asked how much the total cost of the project will be once it’s completed, Adamski couldn’t provide trustees with an exact amount.
"A lot of the work has been done in kind through different community organizations, so if you were to assign a dollar amount that’s where it would come from," Adamski said. "We haven’t really received a lot of financial commitments up until this point."
Since the structure has already been built, installing electrical service along with some "cosmetic work" are all that’s required.
Along with several other trustees, board trustee Pat Bowslaugh spoke in support of completing the project.
"It’s dragging on, and it’s to our disadvantage to not have it complete."
School board trustees approved construction of the school’s canteen and press box more than a year ago.
Although nothing is concrete yet in terms of the size of UCT’s donation, school board chair Mark Sefton said "we don’t want to turn down people wanting to make contributions to schools and kids activities."
"At the same time, if individuals or organizations want recognition for it I don’t know we would say there has to be a threshold for it."
Vice-chairperson Jim Murray requested the board’s policy review committee address issues surrounding advertising on school grounds. Murray suggested they check to see what urban school divisions are doing in regards to contributions and advertising of this nature.
UCT’s James B. Chrisp Council 448 is a non-profit organization that supports causes and charities in the Brandon community.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 28, 2014