Campbell City Schools looks to build new recreation center

The plans include four volleyball courts, two basketball courts and an indoor track

Superintendent Matthew Bowen said the idea for the athletic center came straight from the kids.


CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – The Campbell City Schools District is looking to build an athletic recreation complex by the K-7 school on Route 616.

Matthew Bowen is the superintendent of Campbell City Schools. He said the idea for an athletic center came straight from the kids.

“We talked to our kids and we learned that a lot of them basically had to pass the hat in order to raise money, in order to rent a facility, in order just to go play a pick-up game of basketball in the winter,” Bowen said.

He unveiled the plans for the complex at Saturday night’s Campbell All Alumni Reunion. The plans include four volleyball courts, two basketball courts and an indoor track.

“They can participate in everything from AAU [Amateur Athletic Union] basketball, different club sports. But we really want to focus on student engagement, and we want this to be available to them during the school day, directly after the school day and then beyond there,” Bowen said.

The school has the means to make this happen, mostly through donations, and without it being a burden on taxpayers.

“Our interest is really to provide more to our students, and with our current finances being responsible in how we’ve conducted business, we are able to reinvest this money back to our kids and back to the community,” Bowen said.

Kenneth Carano is the vice president of the Campbell Alumni Association. He said many alumni are happy to be involved in this project.

“The idea that once a Red Devil, always a Red Devil. And the fact is, it goes into the community and what we’d like to do for the community,” Carano said.

And he thinks that the more people who come together for this project, the better.

“We need those people who can volunteer, then we need services within Mahoning County to be able to partner with the Campbell Schools to get it done,” Carano said.

The school district hopes to start fundraising for the project in the fall.

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