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Officials break ground for new F-M turf field; construction starts today

Members of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District and the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association officially broke ground May 17 for F-M High School's new all-weather turf field that will replace the existing grass field at no cost to taxpayers.

Construction is slated to begin May 18, on a new track surface and turf field that the FMCSFA is donating to the district.

"Through the hard work and dedication of these wonderful volunteers who had a vision, our student athletes for years to come will have a wonderful facility on which to exhibit their talents," said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. "Money that we would have had to spend on maintaining and improving this grass field to keep it safe for our students can now be redirected to other much needed projects, benefiting even more students throughout our schools. We are grateful to the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association, and we thank you on behalf of our current and future student body."

The association, a nonprofit organization made up of community volunteers, raised more than $1,350,000 million for the project. They expect the funds to be enough to cover the cost of the project plus provide most, if not all, of the $100,000 the group committed to raising by the end of this year for a field replacement reserve fund.

No school district money will be used for the project.

Members of the FMCSFA and district officials marked the final athletic event to take place on the F-M High School grass field May 17 with a brief groundbreaking ceremony prior to the start of the F-M varsity lacrosse game against West Genesee. A number of F-M student athletes were present as well as district administrators and members of the Board of Education, the Fayetteville-Manlius Community Sports Facility Association, and the community.

"This is a plan that literally thousands of community members and F-M alumni supported through a combination of outright gifts, in-kind donations, purchases of t-shirts, pizza and gasoline, car wash coupons, and hornet-green hair extensions, among countless other ways of helping to make this happen," said Kevin Hanlon, an association member. "Through their generosity, we have raised more than $1,350,000, which is really a testament to the depth of caring and pride this community has for the students of this school district. We are so proud to be part of the Fayetteville-Manlius community and supporters of this great school district."

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