This birds-eye view of Indian Valley High School gives a general overview of the district's future stadium and athletic facility. (Submitted)
Gnadenhutten, Ohio - A big win on the football field last Friday followed by a second victory this week at the ballot box has spirits soaring at Indian Valley.
On Tuesday, district voters approved a 2-mill, 28-year bond issue to fund the construction of a new football stadium and athletic facility at Indian Valley High School.
Superintendent Ira Wentworth says the district is grateful for the support from the community and humbled by work that lies ahead.
“Out of the gate, it’s just a very exciting time. [We’re] very grateful, hearts full of appreciation to our community for the way they rallied together behind our kids,” he says.
The proposed stadium will be built on 19 acres just behind Indian Valley High School and will replace Kelly Field in Midvale as the venue for the district’s home games.
“To have the athletic facility actually located at the high school will make it much more conducive for students to have a great practice space, to have a place to compete that’s right outside their back door without having to travel up the highway,” Wentworth says.
Wentworth says the new facility will be safer and more spacious and will give the district the ability to host large events.
“It’s not just football, and I think that’s important for people to keep in mind. We’ll be able to host larger track meets, be able to host band shows, and our band will now be able to have their own practice space.”
Wentworth says the next steps will be to secure the financing for the project and finalize the agreement to purchase the land. After that, the district will reach out to the architectural firm to have them begin drawing up the design.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV