Manasquan borough hears plans for school’s multipurpose facility

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The Manasquan School District's proposed indoor fieldhouse would be located on Atlantic Avenue, across the parking lot from the high school media center. COURTESY OF MANASQUAN SCHOOL DISTRICT

MANASQUAN — The borough council heard Manasquan School District’s proposal for an indoor fieldhouse Monday night, one week after the plans were presented at a school board meeting. The district is asking for the borough’s help to secure a bond to finance the $5.4 million project through a shared-services agreement.

The mayor and council did not vote or take any action; rather, they listened to the district’s proposal and to more than 30 members of the public who spoke after the presentation to voice their opinions on the project.

The proposed facility is a 200-foot-by-160-foot building that would include a 160-foot-by-160-foot fully lighted turf field lined for multiple sports, a weight training room, a dedicated wrestling space, retractable batting cages and restrooms and storage.

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The fieldhouse would be built on the site of the Manasquan High School softball field on Atlantic Avenue, across the parking lot from the media center, and would be accessible to the entire community through a shared-services agreement.

“Our mission statement is focused on a partnership with the community,” Superintendent of Schools Frank Kasyan said. “This particular project we’re presenting this evening is an excellent example of that partnership the community can maintain between members of the community and the school district itself.”

Board of education member Thomas Pellegrino, who chairs the board’s facilities committee, said that the district would like to build a facility that serves Manasquan students and the Manasquan community as a whole.

“We’re here asking for your help with the paperwork required to make this improvement possible for the children of our schools, and again, for the community as a whole while not increasing the tax burden on Manasquan.”

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