Thanks to two generous gifts, the Solomon Schechter Day School is planning to build a brand new athletic complex at its Upper School on Wells Avenue in Newton.
Schechter grandparents Barbara and Frank Resnek and Schechter friends Christina and Mike Gordon donated two $1 million gifts to the school that will help build the athletic complex, according to a press release issued by Solomon Schechter earlier this week.
The new, "state-of-the-art" athletic complex will include a high school regulation-sized outdoor synthetic turf field, improved outdoor lighting and upgrades to the indoor athletic field facility, the press release said.
Construction on the new athletic facilities will be completed this spring, the school said.
In addition to improving athletics at Schechter, the new complex will play a key role in the school's long-term lease agreement with Valeo Futbol Club, a premier youth soccer organization. The soccer club uses the Upper School's athletic facilities.
“The development of Schechter’s Athletic Complex is a true win-win opportunity for the school. Our students will have access to top-of-the-line four-season facilities and the school will have a steady, continuing source of income,” Schechter Board of Trustees President Andria Weil said in the press release. “The overall capital improvement puts our facility and our program on par with the best independent schools in the area. The synergy of this partnership between Valeo’s youth-focused, non-profit premier soccer club, and Schechter’s commitment to the whole child – mind, body and soul – is groundbreaking.”