The community will get a chance to see the Rolla Bulldogs play football and the Rolla Bulldog Brigade present a halftime show on the new artificial turf Friday night, Sept. 6, the first home game for the varsity team.
That will be Bulldog Pride Night, an annual project of the education committee of the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce, and in conjunction with that, the school administration is planning a celebration of all that’s positive about Rolla Public Schools.
“This is about pride in what we’re able to do as a community,” Assistant Superintendent Kelly Hinshaw told the Rolla Board of Education Aug. 8. “It’s not just for the field but for everything we do.”
The chamber will serve free hot dogs and sodas, and there will be booths set up by various area businesses.
The school administration is planning a recognition of the donors who helped make the construction of the new artificial turf field possible.
Major donors who gave significant amounts of money or in-kind gifts will receive passes to the game and a picture of them will be taken on the field before the game begins. Special recognition is planned at game time, Hinshaw said.
Seating will be more plentiful for 500 seats were added to the stadium, and the new retaining wall changed the appearance of the area.
Hinshaw said ATG, the artificial turf company, will send a cleaning crew Sept. 1.
Hinshaw updated the school board at its August meeting on facilities and construction projects.
There were three large projects. In addition to the Lions Memorial Stadium Project, the Rolla High School cafeteria was expanded and the vestibule at Truman Elementary School was revamped to provide more security and visibility.
All three major projects, which cost the district $2.3 million, began being used in earnest this week. Football practice began Monday on the football field. School opened Wednesday, so the cafeteria and the vestibule were filled with students at various times during the day.
“A lot’s going on,” Hinshaw told the board. Noting his pride in what has been accomplished by outside contractors and school district employees over the summer months, Hinshaw said there were other projects in addition to the top three.
Building and grounds projects, in fact, total $500,000 during the school year, with a good portion of that occurring in the summer.