McCOMB SCHOOL board has bought the neighboring Shady Acres Golf Course for about $365,000, giving the school room to expand in the future. This photo shows the green on the third hole at Shady Acres, with the school visible in the background. (Photo by Randy Roberts)


McCOMB — The McComb school board on Wednesday approved the purchase of nearby Shady Acres Golf Course for about $365,000.

The acquisition of about 74 acres west of the school gives the district room to expand in the future, and offers “unlimited resources for our students curricular-wise,” Superintendent Tony Fenstermaker said.

“We’re kind of landlocked to the north,” Fenstermaker said, and an expansion to the south would require relocating the school’s parking lot, practice field and track.

Such a relocation was estimated to cost $475,000, “so it makes fiscal sense” to buy the golf course instead, Fenstermaker said.

The purchase will also provide outdoor educational opportunities for FFA students and life science classes.

The purchase agreement includes a no-cost lease arrangement that will allow the golf course to continue operating for the rest of the year so that no memberships are disrupted, Fenstermaker said.

Marty and Connie Panning have owned the course since March 2013, according to the Shady Acres website.

In other business Wednesday, the school board approved Carol (Ritter) Lugg, a 1979 graduate, as the Outstanding Alumni Award winner for 2018.

Lugg is dean of construction and design technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She has been with the college since 1989.

She helped the school win a $1 million National Science Foundation grant, awarded last summer, to improve career readiness.

At McComb High School, she participated in sports and theater, Fenstermaker said.

She attended what was then Bluffton College. Lugg has a master’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and completed a doctoral degree in education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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