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Superior school board considers NBC donation

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Superior Wisconsin 1226 Ogden Ave. Ste. 1 54880

The new sports complex at Superior High School is set to receive a major boost, pending approval of the Superior School Board.

On Monday, the Superior school district announced National Bank of Commerce has offered to contribute $400,000 toward the new facility. NBC will put forth $75,000 as a donation and an additional $325,000 to secure naming rights for the complex.

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The Superior School Board is scheduled to meet at noon Monday at the school district office, 3025 Tower Ave., to consider the matter.

Janna Stevens, superintendent of the Superior school district, said she has been in talks with National Bank of Commerce for several weeks now.

“They’re a fabulous company to work with, and obviously, they give generously to this community,” Stevens said.

The $400,000 contribution from NBC would allow the district to make improvements to its preliminary plan for the sports complex. Upgrades at the top of the list are artificial turf for the outfield on the baseball field and a designated ticket booth, which Stevens said was not in the original plan.

“If money comes in, that’s what it would go toward first,” she said.

The School Board met in closed session Friday and agreed to move forward with the approval process for the NBC sponsorship deal.

Details of the deal will be discussed at Monday’s meeting before a vote is taken for final approval.

The Superior school district has already approved $4 million in funding for the complex from its capital improvements fund.

The new facility is scheduled to open at the start of the 2014 fall sports season. It will include an artificial turf football and soccer field, an outdoor track and a new baseball field.

“I think it’s going to add not only to the school district but to the community,” said Ray Kosey, SHS activities director.

The new sports complex will be a focal point for Superior, Kosey said, and it will allow the city to host events in a modern facility.

Kosey serves as member of the sports complex planning committee. He said the group met with NBC once to share ideas and to “get the discussion going.”

“I think their interest was piqued right away to be tied in with something that’s going to be pretty big in the community for years to come,” Kosey said.

If the School Board approves the NBC sponsorship deal, it will be the second large contribution toward the sports complex this month.

On Dec. 10, the School Board approved the use of $200,000 from the food service department’s Fund 50 to go toward the concessions stand. The district is no longer seeking a sponsor for the concessions stand, Stevens said, but many other sponsorship opportunities remain.

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