Altoona School Board gets one step closer to new sports complex design plans

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Altoona (WQOW) – The Altoona School District is closer to starting construction on the proposed $3 million sports complex.

The Rettler Corporation presented the school board with design ideas for the new stadium Monday night. Architects will incorporate new artificial turf, an eight-lane track around the field, and more seating for visiting fans.

John Kneer, President of Rettler Corporation, said his company enjoys bringing new facilities to local schools. “The fun part is really seeing that opening night, seeing the whole community show up to enjoy those facilities. We like to be at that and experience that to see the fruition of the project all come together,” Kneer said.

Interim Superintendent Ron Walsh said the district is at $900,000 of its $1 million private fundraising goal. They will now draft an official contract with the Rettler Corporation to approve the design.

They plan to break ground next spring.


The Altoona School Board also has a new face. Dan Gluch was appointed Monday to replace Helen Drawbert after she resigned back in September.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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