Photo by Lorie Palmer
MVSD 244 maintenance man Ty Reuter is busy raking gravel to make way for a concrete pad in front of the new ticket booth at Grangeville High School. A variety of improvements have been made in hopes of being ready for the first home football game Aug. 29.
As of Tuesday, August 5, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — A little upkeep can make a huge difference.
“We’re just trying to keep our properties looking good with what we have,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes.
That’s why a project at Grangeville High School this summer has changed the face of the athletic fields.
“We had that old pipe fence that extended from the school toward the fields and it was really an eyesore,” said GHS Principal Steve Higgins.
“I let some of the kids put their diesel pickups to good use and remove that fence,” laughed Higgins.
The ag science classes were able to use and recycle the fence material.
The area has been cleaned up by MVSD maintenance men Cory Thesan and Ty Reuter, said Stokes, and a new chain-link fence is being installed. In addition, a new ticket booth has been purchased and placed at the end of the school and start toward the fields.
“Clearwater Barns did a great job on the booth as our old ticket booth was old and quite literally falling apart,” Higgins said. “I was able to see what designs they had available and then make some modifications, and they painted it blue and white. It turned out great.”
The sidewalk from the school’s main entrance all the way to the booth has also been extended, along the new fencing and then a cement pad in to the front of the booth.
“We are also moving the gates down to where the new ticket booth is and replacing the drainage pipe to remove the ditch area up top and allow the water to flow down,” said Reuter, who was working on the project last week.
Stokes said the gate being moved closer to the road will allow for a safer entry to games and that visitor busses will also be able to park behind the gates.
“We also want to make an area where elderly or people with disabilities can drive up closer to the field and park and still enjoy games,” Reuter explained.
The question of money is always at the forefront of patrons’ minds – not to mention that of school board members – and this project is no different. Although some district money has been used for the regular maintenance aspects, much of the work has been donated.
Accumix/Kaschmitters donated more than 10 yards of concrete while Turners gave a “great deal,” on rock for the project. Phil Ruhnke donated excavating and Rich Workman assisted with pouring concrete.
“We have had tremendous community and business support and when Rich stepped in and helped – well it was a hand that made a world of difference that day,” Reuter emphasized.
Higgins said that class money has also gone toward the project.
“When past classes graduate they often leave gifts for the school but many classes also leave leftover money,” he said. “I contacted several past class presidents and many have taken advantage of the opportunity to help out the school by turning that money over to projects such as this one.”