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Catch the Buzz: Salisbury High School announces gym enhancement project

Jennifer Lynch, president of the Salisbury High School Athletic Boosters Club, announced the start of “Catch the Buzz,” a capital campaign to raise $1 million to enhance the gymnasium at Salisbury High School, which was built in the mid-1950s.

With the projected renovations and additions, the gym becomes more serviceable and safer for students, spectators attending athletic events in the facility and organizations within the community that use the gym, organizers said in a news release.

Under the umbrella of the Boosters Club, “SHS Gym Enhancement — Phase II” and the “Catch the Buzz” campaign are coordinated and administrated by a separate board of directors with Windsor Eagle, former principal of Salisbury High School, as its chairman. Enhancing the gym has the approval and endorsement of Rowan-Salisbury Schools and of Luke Brown, principal of Salisbury High School, who is also a member of the board of directors.

A successful “Catch the Buzz” campaign enhances the SHS gym by: providing additional indoor and outdoor security cameras; expanding an existing exterior wall to create one large or two medium-sized Health Science classrooms; installing air conditioning and acoustical panels in the court area of the gym; and constructing a two-story addition with a multi-purpose room on the top floor and a new and larger weight room below.

Phase I of gym enhancement, titled the “Field House Project,” was completed in 2010 at a cost of $375,000, two-thirds of which came from individual  donations, businesses and foundations grants.  The project added restrooms, a utility room, a new fire exit and several other upgrades to the gym.

Additional information is available at www.shsgymproject.com .

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