Are we just keeping up with the Jones'????
I have been asked this question a few times since we began communicating the bond issue, so I decided to share my thoughts.The Bond projects are estimated to cost $14.5 million dollars. The district is bonding $15.2 million to have sufficient contingency funds in place if actual bids exceed the current estimates. Out of the $15.2 million approximately $1.8 million will be expended upon athletics. This equates to 12% of the total bond. This includes the new track, turf, and tennis courts. Why Turf????
Here are points to consider:
- Willard has only 1 football field. Peer conference schools have multiple football fields and are able to divide the use. Several have turf on at least one of their fields. Our natural grass turf, simply, is destroyed during football season due to overuse. The school has a 7th Grade , 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Jr. Varsity, and Varsity Football Program. The Willard Youth League plays several games on the field on Saturday
. By the end of the season there are large areas which are bare of grass. Ultimately this causes injuries to athletes.
- Injury rates of football players who compete on turf is less than those that compete on natural grass.
- Considerable funds are saved when turf is installed at the same time as a new track. The inside curb of the track anchors the turf in place. If turf is installed at a later date the cost will be significantly increased. The track must be replaced soon due to deteriorating foundation base.
- Turf has become common in quality high school programs.
This argument is settled for me simply utilizing the point of injury to athletes. Football is a tough sport and injuries occur. However, this is an opportunity to lessen the possibility of serious injury to our athletes.
Tonight we play Webb City! It is going to be a great game. Come and cheer on our boys.
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Kent Medlin
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Several informational meetings are planned for patrons to ask questions and get more information:
* Wed, Sept 24, High School Theater, 6PM
* Tues, Sept 30, Transportation Office, 8:45AM
* Thurs, Oct 2, Intermediate School Library, 6PM
* Tues, Oct 14, District Office, 12PM
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* Tues, Oct 14, Orchard Hills Elementary, 6PM
Board of Education Adopts Resolution
Opposing Amendment 3
The Willard Board of Education has passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot.
Community Blood Drive
Friday, October 17, 8a - 1p.
High School Aux Gym
Willard High School FCCLA, in conjunction with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, will be holding a Blood Drive on Saturday, October 17, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Willard High School Auxiliary Gym.
Get a group together and join us at the Care to Learn Panther Run on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Lots of fun and prizes for those who participate. Free T-Shirt. We challenge all buildings to get a group and join us to support Willard Schools!!!
FFA, FCCLA and Archery clubs are holding another scrapbooking fund-raiser. This event will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Click on this link for more information Scrap-a-palooza 2.pdf
Willard Fall Festival
Traditional Fall foods, activities, crafts, and country junk all to be enjoyed in the Ozarks Fall air. This event takes place October 25, 2014 from 10 am - 6 pm. Click on link for more information. our-town-fall-festival-and-country-show.html
3rd Annual Willard Turkey Trot
Bring the family and support the Willard Care to Learn & Willard Parks Scholarship fund by participating in the annual Willard Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. See the attached registration form for more information.