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On Monday, September 17th, the Celina Board of Trustees unanimously approved plans on the $24.5 million Celina ISD Multipurpose Athletic Complex, which is scheduled to break ground mid October 2018 with a completion date of August 2019. The Celina School District will once again be partnering with Claycomb Associates and NorthStar Builders to oversee this project, and assist our District in addressing safety and facility concerns that we have been experiencing for many years.

A bond in the amount of $34.3 million was passed in 2008 as part of a 5-year plan that would accommodate the growth that was predicted to impact our district and community.  The proposal split the bond with 63% for academic purposes and the remaining 27% for athletic upgrades. Monies received were slated to be used to include new high school classrooms, a proposed new elementary campus, technology upgrades and transportation purchases.  CISD Athletics would receive an indoor practice facility, weight room, field house, dressing rooms, baseball and softball fields, all of which would be located behind the high school campus.

The bond proposal passed by a wide margin, but the economy plunged, which placed academic and athletic projects on hold until 2016, when the district was able to start using some of the funds for earlier projects that had been tabled.  Those projects included the construction of Donny O’Dell Elementary School that opened in the fall of 2017 and a new academic wing for Celina High School that opened in March of 2018. Money was also spent on technology upgrades for all campuses, which brought the total of academic funds used to within the 63% designated for the 2008 Bond.

With the economy becoming stronger, the district was able to cash in the remaining bond money to be used for the athletic side of the proposed 2008 Bond. The new Celina ISD Multipurpose Athletic Complex is quite similar in design to the 2008 vision, which includes much needed home/visitor parking, as well as seating to accommodate 6500, with the ability to increase capacity to 10,000 if needed.  It will also include an indoor multipurpose facility, weight rooms, dining area, coaching offices, dressing rooms, and a state of the art film room with built in seating capabilities. Future projects will include tennis courts, baseball and softball competition fields that will be built in close proximity to the new complex. As construction begins on this new facility, updates will be made available to our CISD families and community members on our website.

We are very excited to give our alumnus and members of the business community, the opportunity to contribute to making this facility even more amazing!  Contributors can choose from many different giving levels to fit your financial portfolio. We are also reaching out to those individuals and/or corporate sponsors that through their gift level will have naming rights over certain areas within our new complex. All giving levels will be recognized within the new facility. For more information on contributing opportunities, please contact CISD Assistant Superintendent Mr. Bill Hemby at 469.742.9100 or email at billhemby@celinaisd.com.

If you’re interested in following the Development progress of the Celina Athletic Complex, please visit our Development page here.