Groundbreaking moment in Dansville: $8.2 million project upgrading athletic facilities

District marks start of $8.2 million outdoor athletic and physical education facility capital improvement project

By Jeff Miller
Special to The Spectator
Dansville Central School District Board of Education members with Superintendent Paul Alioto, high school principals Thomas Frazier and David Moody, high school athletic coordinator Rob Vanscoter, Michael Place and Meghan Friedle from Labella Associates, Inc. meet at the Dansville High School athletic field for a groundbreaking ceremony May 18. Construction on a new $8.2 million outdoor athletic center began a little more than a week prior, and is expected to finish by Fall 2022. Board of Education president Mary Ann Holden and vice president Clay Harris with shovels.

DANSVILLE — Dansville Central School District board of education members, superintendent Dr. Paul Alioto, High School principals Thomas Frazier and David Moody, athletic coordinator Rob Vanscoter, Labella Associates principal architect Michael Place and Labella Associates principal engineer Meghan Friedle met at the Dansville High School athletic field this week to commemorate the start of construction for the district’s latest capital improvement project, a new $8.2 million outdoor athletic and physical education facility.

Superintendent Alioto thanked the board for their support and leadership throughout this process.

“This is a significant undertaking," he said. "We worked four years to put together the plans to make this work.”

He also thanked Labella representatives, the coaches, physical education teachers and soon-to-be high school principal David Moody for their input as well.

“Not only did we do this for our kids and families for generations to come, we did it for the community,” Alioto said. “And it was Labella that empowered us to bring our dreams to fruition, and we’re building those dreams now.”

Board president Mary Ann Holden thanked Alioto for his vision and leadership to see this project through.

Though the ceremony was on May 18, the physical work began on Monday, May 10 and is scheduled to finish in the Fall of 2022, if not sooner. Diehl Development Inc. and Streeter Associates are doing the general and sitework construction, LMC is installing the plumbing and HVAC/mechanical work, and Billitier is installing the electricity.

The new facility, approved by voters in June 2019, will include soccer and football fields with turf and a track; a new grandstand; an LED scoreboard; concession stands and picnic areas; restrooms; tennis courts with pickleball lines (both for community use); lighting; new primary and elementary school playgrounds, and supplemental parking areas. The district is still planning on using Ralph Clements Field on Clara Barton Street as needed.

The monies for the capital improvement project came from the State Education Department funds and school reserves. There has been no local taxpayer impact for this project.