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GISD board to declare support of YMCA

Brad Kellar
Greenville Herald-Banner

The Greenville Independent School District Board of Trustees intends this week to again voice its support for the upcoming recreation/event center project.

After previously adopting an informal agreement to dedicate funding to the facility, which is likely to be operated by the YMCA  of Greenville and Hunt County, the Greenville ISD board is set to issue a formal position statement declaring the district’s pledge to provide up to $1 million for the center.

The vote is included as part of Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Wesley Martin Administration Building, 4004 Moulton Street.

The position statement indicates the $15 million recreation/event center, which will be built along Monty Stratton Boulevard between the Greenville SportsPark and T.A. “Cotton” Ford stadium at Greenville High School, will allow for shared parking and shared gymnasium space.

“YMCA leasing and utilization of the new facilities will significantly improve the quality of facilities in this community,” reads the statement. The current YMCA is in near fatal condition and has limited membership. The new facility will result in the opportunity for more citizens, including District students and employees, to take advantage of the physical conditioning equipment, athletic spaces, and meeting rooms.”

In return for the use of the services at the center, the GISD would provide total annual compensation of $100,000 each year of the agreement to the City of Greenville.

“With successful negotiation of the final details, it is the intent of the GISD Board of Trustees to commit to a ten (10) year agreement with the City and the YMCA,” according to the statement, which is to be signed by Board President Anne Haynes and Superintendent Don Jefferies.

Last month the Greenville City Council voted to approve a plan to construct the center and directed the city staff to complete the process of selling $15 million in general obligation bonds, which had been approved by local voters in May 2013.

The bonds are expected to be sold early next year.

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