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District OKs new clubhouse

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe may no longer have a reason to sing the no building blues.

With a hefty donation from Park Cattle Co. and unanimous approval from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education, the program is closer than ever to getting a new clubhouse.

The school board approved Tuesday a joint-use agreement for construction of the $2 million facility, which is slated to be erected on district property, near Al Tahoe Elementary School.

The agreement allows the district rights to the 28,000-square-foot building for 90 days out of the 180-day school year. The district, which must put in an advance request for additional days, plans to use the site for physical education classes and special events, Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn said.

“This way we have to plan and I think that’s very good for our teachers and our schools,” Scheerhorn said. “This is really working as a team. We need to work with (the Boys & Girls Club) because we’re going to benefit and they’re going to benefit. We both are winners. Everybody’s winners.”

Park Cattle President Bruce Park made a donation Monday to the Boys & Girls Club for more than a half-million dollars. The money came from the sale of the Dreyfus Estate, which the U.S. Forest Service bought from Park June 15 for $575,000. The company paid the government $70,000 in back rent for exclusive use of about 6 acres of the Zephyr Cove property and gave the remaining $505,000 from the settlement to the club.

Boys & Girls Club Executive Director DeAnne Hooper said the donation is the first step in the club’s capital campaign and she hopes to receive more lead gifts.

The building will include an indoor soccer arena, volleyball courts, classrooms, offices and computer labs and may serve as a satellite site for the Family Resource Center, Hooper said.

Club President Jeff Tillman said he hopes to see construction on the facility begin within two years.

“It’s coming. It’s here,” he said. “It’s real. We’re very excited. It has been two historic days for the Boys & Girls Club, yesterday and today.”

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