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New weight room for Laurel schools breaks ground

Laurel High School holds groundbreaking ceremony
Posted at 11:33 AM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 20:07:56-04

LAUREL — Laurel High School held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new weight room and sports facility Tuesday.

Located on the east side of the school, the building will be a weight room for the district and evolve into potentially an extension which will house a wrestling room.

The superintendent of the Laurel School District, Linda Filpula, said a private party came to the school with a $400,000 donation to build the facility.

The total estimated cost of the building is roughly $750,000, and Filpula says about 85% to 90% of that has been raised from the same private donor.

Filpula says it will double the amount of kids they are able to facilitate and use the weight room along with a place for community members to go.

"Currently our weight room is in a storage area, The classes are around 150 and we can pretty much double our capacity for kids for weight classes, because right now we have to turn kids away," said Filpula. "It gives kids and the community, because it will be open to the community use, something to do. And then the building right here will be designed to add to it in the future, potentially as a weight room."

Filpula said the projected time of completion is January 2020.