Area kids in the Gillespie school district were off from school on Monday for the Columbus Day holiday, but high school football players were at the school carrying cabinets, table tops, and storage units inside the new science lab being constructed inside the middle school.
The community service activity is the latest performance from the football team after they recently completed a number of other community service projects under the leadership of head coach Jake Bilbruck including helping at the Dorchester Homecoming picnic, visiting residents at Heritage Health, and marking veteran’s graves for Memorial Day.
The science lab is expected to be completed in early 2019 and its price tag could reach $750,000, according to the school board’s July meeting where they formalized a financial agreement to borrow up to $750,000 for the project. At the same meeting, Supt. Joe Tieman reported that work is moving along at the “pace it needs to be” while speaking highly of the crews completing the work.
Jake Bilbruck is the head coach for the Miners with assistance by Casey Sholtis, Jarrod Herron, Jack Burns, Randy Redmon, Matt Brown, Logan Knoche, Nate Henrichs, Eric Lancaster, and Don Dobrino.