A much-needed makeover is around the corner for the press box located on the playing fields at Kings Park High School.
The condition of the structure was becoming such a safety issue that it was unable to be used. Budget constraints had pushed off its repair, which was estimated at about $60,000. A Hail Mary pass thrown by the Kings Park Board of Education has resulted in a $60,000 grant from state Sen. John Flanagan’s office and should cover the cost of the repairs.
“The opportunity arose for some state money and Sen. Flanagan was able to help us, said board trustee Tom Locascio. “We’ve spoken about some of our immediate needs and the press box has been a sore point for a little too long in my opinion.”
Flanagan’s office did not respond to requests for comment, but Locascio said he believed the state money was considered bullet aid- unallocated money from the state intended to make up some of the inequities of school aid.
“It’s a point of pride,” said Locascio. “We had to put this on the back burner due to financial challenges. It is great to have a champ in Albany listening to the
little issues that sometimes mean a lot,” he said.
Superintendent Susan Agruso, said the hope is to have it up by summer and ready for the fall football season.