Rep. Goodman, Gov. Wolf announce $1 million grant

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Neal P. Goodman and Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pottsville Area School District will receive a $1 million state grant to aid in addressing catastrophic roof leakage at Martz Hall, caused by a combination of hail damage, partial roof blow-off and age.

The grant was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. It provides funding for regional, economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects.

Goodman said it was an honor to work with Wolf and his staff, as well as Pottsville Area School District Superintendent Jeffrey S. Zwiebel and the Pottsville Area school board, to secure this much-needed funding that will be used to tackle roof issues, and to make additional upgrades to the entire district complex.

“We are honored to receive RACP funding from Governor Wolf and Representative Neal Goodman to utilize to repair the Martz Hall roof,” said Zwiebel, Ed.D. “Martz Hall is known throughout the commonwealth as a premier facility for high school sports and events and we look forward to continue to provide this facility to the greater Pottsville area, along with the rest of Schuylkill County and the commonwealth.”

“I would like to congratulate both Representative Goodman and Governor Wolf for securing the much needed funding to repair the roof of Martz Hall,” said state Sen. Dave Argall. “This arena is a staple of Schuylkill County high school sports and I’m pleased that students in the future will get the chance to experience it.”

“Historic Martz Hall has often been referred to as ‘the Mecca’ by the people of Schuylkill County, and I can’t thank Governor Wolf enough for recognizing the importance of this project,” Goodman said. “Although located in Pottsville Area School District, all county schools benefit from this facility. Every senior hopes to play in a championship game at Martz Hall at least once in his or her career."

The RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Projects selected for funding have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.