Wal-Mart Chips in to Rebuild Fieldhouse

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

School board officials say work on a new fieldhouse at Stuarts Draft High School could start as soon as next week. And the Valley community continues to do its part to help rebuild.

Head football coach Tom Goforth and several of his players were on hand to accept a $1,000 check from the Wal-Mart in Waynesboro Thursday morning.

The school's old fieldhouse was destroyed by fire in March. School board spokesman Chuck Bishop says the board has gotten a $950,000 estimate for the construction of two new buildings - a new fieldhouse and separate concession stand.

More than half of that sum will be covered by insurance. The school board is meeting Thursday night to discuss where to get the remainder of the necessary funding.

And Goforth says donations like Wal-Mart's go a long way in helping.

"We've been getting help from all up and down the Valley. Even our rival schools in the Valley District have contributed money," he said. "I moved here 14, almost 15 years ago, and it's a special place."

The new fieldhouse isn't expected to be complete until November. So Goforth says his team will have to get the job done without a home for the upcoming season.

"But I've been really happy with our players," he said. "They've been resourceful, and we've continued to do things just the way we have. We've had to do it in different places, but we've gone about business as usual."

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