The Woodward Board of Education made quick work of their first meeting of the year on Monday evening.
The board heard updates on construction taking place in the school district, as well as hearing from the band director about an upcoming band trip. There was also discussion about upgrading Boomer Stadium.
AG BARN UPDATE
Howard Davis, project superintendent for Kerr 3 Construction, said construction on the high school’s new ag barn is “moving forward” after there was a “holdup with the weather being too cold to work.”
Davis said a crew is finishing completing 2 lateral lines that run to the septic tanks.
“Hopefully at the next board meeting I can tell you we’re finished,” Davis said about the completion of the ag barn.
Woodward Superintendent Tim Merchant said WW Manufacturing out of Thomas, will look at several different ways to setup the pens in the ag barn and provide the school with an estimate of what is needed.
“They deal strictly with agriculture fencing and paneling and shoots,” Merchant said.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER SIGN
In addition to the ag barn, Davis also gave the board an update on the sign that is being constructed at the Early Childhood Center, that will have the name of the school and a dedication plaque.
Davis showed the dedication plaque to the school board which lists all the names of the current and past members involved in the process of making the ECC a reality. The plaque will also have the name of the school superintendents involved, the name of the ECC principal, and the architect and construction company names.
The plaque also lists the month and the year the school opened.
Davis said once the tiles are finished being installed on the sign, then the letters will be installed.
“Once the final lettering and titles are on the Early Childhood Center sign, we’ll go in and decide on the lighting (to use for the sign),” Assistant Superintendent Tom Fisher said.
WOODWARD BAND TRIP
Band Director David Mudd was also in attendance at Monday's school board meeting to discuss an upcoming band trip to Walt Disney World in March.
Mudd said the band submitted videos and pictures to Walt Disney World in hopes of being able to perform there over spring break.
“We got a response and they have chosen us to be one of the bands that performs,” Mudd said.
Mudd said the band will perform at the Magic Kingdom and Fantasy Island while at Walt Disney World.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to perform in this type of venue,” Mudd said, noting “Most of these kids don’t get out of Oklahoma or Woodward for that matter.”
The band director said 50 students will be taken on the trip and they have been doing fundraiser activities to help raise funds for the trip.
“They have sold Coke and candy bars,” Mudd said, noting they are going to have a garage sale in the near future at the Freewill Baptist Church.
School board member Linda Harrison thanked Mudd for all the hard work he has put into the band.
“We appreciate what you have done with the band and we appreciate you presenting them with this opportunity,” Harrison said.
FUTURE UPDATES TO BOOMER STADIUM
Merchant said private funds are being raised through sponsorships that will allow upgrades to be made at Boomer Stadium. These upgrades include artificial turf, resurfacing and expanding the track, new lighting, new scoreboard and even naming rights to the stadium.
“One local business wants the naming rights and that comes with a $250,000 donation,” Merchant said.
However, Merchant said, “No contract has been signed, but they expressed they want to make the donation and have those rights.”
Merchant said on the field there will be different sponsors plots on the field, with a possible total sponsorship of $1.25 million which would fund the stadium upgrades.
“Right now, the packages are set at field name rights at $250,000, 4 sideline packages at $100,000 and 8 end zone packages at $50,000, and that is with a 10-year commitment guarantee,” Merchant said, noting name of company or individual name will be on the plot they sponsor.
Football won’t be the only sport that benefits from the upgrades to the stadium.
Merchant said track will also benefit because of the resurfacing and expanding.
“Right now it’s a 6 lane track, and we can’t host any regional track meets, because the association will not assign it to a 6 lane track,” Merchant said, noting if it becomes 8 lanes the school will be able to host regional track meets.
In addition, Merchant said, ”This opens doors for hosting regional competitions for bands, so that program can be enhanced.”
Merchant said the soccer program can be enhanced because they will be able to play on the artificial turf.
The superintendent said the artificial turf will also benefit hosting football playoff games.
“There is a new trend occurring with the assignment of neutral site playoff games. They are more and more being assigned to artificial turf facilities,” Merchant said, noting “And we don’t want to lose our hosting capabilities to other communities.”
Merchant said he would like to see the upgrades soon.
“Ideally we would like to have them (upgrades) completed prior to April 1 in time for soccer,” he said.