WALSENBURG- Project Director Gaye Davis gave the Re-1 School Board a quick update on how the new sports complex is coming along at their meeting Tuesday night. Davis said the contracts had been signed for the turf, which will have the John Mall Panthers logo stamped onto the 50 yard line. Pipes were unloaded within the chain fence compound, and water lines will be dug next week.
Davis said she had been receiving a lot of positive feedback on the project, all the way from Pepsi, who might be inclined to help pay for the scoreboard, to the County Commissioners, to people throughout the community. She told the Board they needed to start planning some use guidelines for the facility to minimize wear and tear. It was suggested the facility may have to be locked up in the evenings. “We’re in uncharted waters,” Davis said.
Davis also updated the Board on the heating and air conditioning systems, noting she and the janitors had recently undergone a full day training session with the contractors and suppliers of the school systems. “The high school is really close to being done,” she said.
District Superintendnent Mike Doyle told the Board that they had received 14 applications for the position of Gardner school Principal, which will need to be filled when current Principal Julia Marchant retires. The applications will be screened and culled down to four or five, and those applicants will be interviewed in Gardner. Doyle is hoping to be able to make a recommendation for hire to the Board by Feb. 24. “We should have some really good applicants,” he said.
Lastly, the date for graduation has been winnowed down to May 21, 22 or 23, depending on state track dates.