GETTYSBURG - The Cardinal Center is gearing up for big things, including $75,000 from Gov. John R. Kasich’s 2015-2016 Capital Budget, which is “expected to focus on the most pressing needs of state government, schools and higher education, with particular emphasis given to each investment’s impact on jobs and economic growth.”
According to Brett Clark, Gettysburg Village Council, Gettysburg’s mayor, Jason Lance, was in Columbus on an unrelated trip, and mentioned the Cardinal Center in passing to Rep. Richard Adams (R-Troy), who thought the project would fit the bill for Kasich’s Capital Budget. Sen. Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) also assisted, Clark said.
The things that need done at the former Gettysburg School far exceed the $75,000 allotted, Clark stated, but it’s definitely a start.
“There are more uses than funds will probably pay for,” Clark said. “Some of these include increasing the efficiency of the building by replacing windows, gym lighting, adding insulation, mortar repair, new playground equipment, audio video equipment, lights for the outdoor basketball court, and air conditioning.”
These funds will help to preserve an important piece of Gettysburg’s history, Clark commented, but will also provide residents with a resource for recreation and gatherings. There is space available for rent in the building, he added.
The building is already being utilized, with Pleasant View Missionary Church’s Upward Sports holding their basketball program there, there has also been indoor youth baseball and softball training, semi-pro football training, and private parties who have used the space for basketball and volleyball, Clark shared.
The building is currently undergoing repairs and installation of a new heating system. Grant monies have been procured from local agencies, including the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust and Darke Rural Electric, Clark said.
On April 12, the Friends of the Cardinal Center, a non-profit organization whose goal is to “preserve the history of the school and provide a facility to play and meet,” will hold their first Easter Bazaar. On April 26, the Gettysburg Alumni will hold a banquet at the facility for the first time since it was closed, Clark said.
“Find a way to get involved in supporting the project,” Clark stated. “Money is always a need, but we also need energetic people with other skills and ideas.”
Those who want to learn more about the preservation of this important historical piece of Gettysburg, contact the Gettysburg Village Office at 937-447-2171 or visit their Facebook at www.Facebook.com/cardinalcenterfriends. The Friends of the Cardinal Center meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Cardinal Center.