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FPD Announces Athletic Facility Improvement Plans

MACON, Ga. – First Presbyterian Day School Headmaster Gregg Thompson and Athletic Director Greg Moore have announced athletic facility improvements, set to begin immediately on the school’s campus.

Thompson and Moore informed FPD family, friends and the general public via a letter on Friday, May 17.

The letter reads as follows:

 

First Presbyterian Day School is entering a new era. With the recent awarding of the National Blue Ribbon School status, the new 1-to-1 Technology Initiative about to begin, the benefits now being realized from the move to the GHSA, a growing enrollment and an exceptional field of winning athletic teams, the school is poised to become one of the premier Christian, college preparatory schools in the southeast.

In order to keep this momentum going forward, we must continue to invest in upgrades and renovations to our campus facilities. This summer, we will complete the multi-million dollar addition to the Clark Fine Arts Center. It will provide space for our theatre, music, dance, art, and Instructional Support programs to continue to grow and to thrive.

Next we turn our attention to our athletic facilities. The George Peake and Ann Peake Cross Country Trail will become a reality this summer. The Dick Frame Track and Field Complex, a new putting green for our golf team and new practice and multi-purpose fields for various teams are also needed and are waiting on full funding to proceed.

In addition to these new facilities, we must focus on renovation of some of our older existing facilities. The George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium is one such facility. A storm this spring demolished the Eleanor D. Johnson press box and has posed a dilemma. To rebuild the press box where it has been for 30+ years would be a considerable expense, based on quotes we’ve received. It is in our long range plans to see renovations done to the stadium. As we have weighed the costs of replacing with the status quo or moving forward, as good stewards, the Board and administration have decided to invest the insurance replacement cost along with maintenance reserves, gifts and strategic funding initiatives to build a new grandstand with press box on the site of the current visitor stands.

The new grandstand will have 1,692 seats, 147 of which are theater-style stadium seats. These 147 reserved seats will be sold every year to provide an ongoing source of income initially to help cover the cost of the grandstands and in the future for FPD athletics. The new press box will have enhanced electrical and technological capabilities for better game day operations and media coverage. In addition, the press box and grandstand will have a beautiful brick façade that will coordinate with the other buildings on campus. The additional benefit is our home fans will no longer have to fight the sun to watch their student athletes compete in the stadium.

The stadium renovation project has multiple planned phases as we press forward. Some of these plans include a scoreboard upgrade and relocation, arched brick entrance plazas, concession and restroom relocation, and other aesthetic changes.

We know that this is an ambitious undertaking, but it is also a necessary one as we continue to provide top quality facilities in which to practice and play. Thank you for your support and prayers as we proceed. We knew you’d want to be informed about what is happening at your school.

 

Sincerely,

Gregg Thompson, Headmaster

Greg Moore, Athletic Director

 

 

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.