Hilliard Northwest News

Funds being raised for Davidson facility

Behind a parent-driven effort, Hilliard Davidson High School hopes to add a strength-and-conditioning facility.

Through private and business donations, funds are being raised for the standalone building, which will be located adjacent to the school's field house. It is expected to be more than twice the size of the present facility, which is 1,400 square feet.

Roy Walker, who is leading the project, said it is being handled without school district funds. Walker, whose son, Nik, will be junior in the fall, is the district's director of human resources.

The project will be divided into three stages: foundation and building; heating, air conditioning, ventilation, electrical and plumbing; and equipment.

More than $74,000 of the $90,000 needed for the first phase has been raised. Walker, who said the estimated total cost of the project is $430,000, is hoping it will be completed during the coming school year.

"We're thrilled with what's going on over there," Walker said. "We're going to get this built because our kids deserve to have something better and we all know that the district can't afford to build a facility for them."

--Frank DiRenna