Governor Mifflin unveils cutting-edge Athletic Community Center

Governor Mifflin School District officially welcomed the community into their newest building, the Governor Mifflin Athletic Community Center (GMACC) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, December 2, 2023.

Staff, students, district officials, school board representatives, alumni, and various community members gathered for the ceremony, followed by tours of the new facility and boys and girls basketball games.

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“This state-of-the-art facility stands as a testament to our shared commitment to health, wellness, and community spirit,” said Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hess in an address to the crowd “the Governor Mifflin Athletic Community Center is not merely a building but a vibrant hub where individuals of all ages and backgrounds can come together to pursue their athletic passions, foster connections, and build a stronger, healthier community.”

View the full photo gallery on the Governor Mifflin School District Facebook page.

Also addressing spectators were School Board President Mr. Jim Ulrich, former Athletic Director and Governor Mifflin alumnus Mr. Dave McCoy, and Mr. Larry Graeff, chapter president of Patriotic Order Sons of America Mohnton Camp #211 who donated the flag displayed in the building’s arena.

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The addition of the community center marks the completion of the second phase in the district’s building project. Phase Three will see all athletic amenities previously housed in the middle and high schools such as locker rooms, gymnasiums, and athletic offices reconfigured into collaborative learning spaces, expanded performing arts spaces, and more updated learning spaces to support the growth of these programs and the use of Total Experience Learning in the district.

The building will also be available for community use for events and as a fitness center.

This project was funded through the issuance of new debt totaling $58 million and refinancing debt during 2020 when interest rates were at historic lows, allowing the district to fund this new project without increasing its millage to fund debt expenditures.

As of November 16, 2023, the total for the construction of GMACC was $27,407,895. This amount may vary slightly depending on any outstanding change orders.

Phase Three of the project is currently out for bid. Updates regarding this phase will be posted to the district’s webpage when decisions are finalized.

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