New athletic building?


Greenfield exploring practice field possibilities

By Angela Shepherd - [email protected]



Jerrold Bradley, standing, explains the design of an athletic facility to board of education member Sandy Free. Board member Jason Allison, center, and board president Doug Mustard, right, are also pictured.


The Greenfield Exempted Village Schools Board of Education received plans Monday for an athletic building at its practice field, but according to superintendent Joe Wills, the matter is not definite.

Wills said school officials are just exploring what the options would be at the practice field, which is used by not only some of the school’s athletic teams and the marching band, but by the community and youth teams. He said ideas were submitted to an engineering and architecture firm to see what would be possible.

At Monday’s school board meeting, the board received a design based on the ideas of school officials from Jerrold Bradley of McCarty Associates. Bradley explained to the board that the 8,800 square foot building would contain things like storage space, an office for coaches, wrestling mats, restrooms, and a training room.

The estimated cost of the pre-engineered steel building was not disclosed during the meeting.

Wills later emphasized that school officials are just trying to get a feel for what a project like this would entail and if it can and should be done.

“It’s very preliminary,” he said.

The plans call for the building placement near the southwest corner of the practice field by the basketball courts. The design would not impede on the space currently used at the field by the school and the community.

In other business, the board approved the five-year forecast prepared by district treasurer Joe Smith. A five-year forecast is required by the state to be done each year in May and October.

The forecast projects a number of factors like revenues, financing sources, and expenditures. The projected year-end balances for the next five years are as follows: 2017 – $7.83 million, 2018 – $8.24 million, 2019 – $8.25 million, 2020 – $7.48 million, and 2021 – $5.88 million.

The twice-yearly forecast, Smith previously said, is “a snapshot in time of what we know right now.” It is affected by many variables, the largest one being the state budget. And as the state budget and other variables factor in, the projections are modified accordingly, he said.

On another matter, school nurse Katie Pryor delivered a presentation on what the district’s nursing department does throughout the year with students.

While the nursing personnel are available to students throughout each day, they are also involved in a number of programs geared toward student health. Pryor outlined things like a dental program, vision and hearing tests, a Healthy Relationships program that students can be a part of with a parent’s permission, and a hygiene program.

The district’s wellness committee, Pryor said, is responsible for the Family Fitness Nights held at Greenfield Elementary. The events utilize the football field, the track, the gymnasiums, and the swimming pool, and include games and activities geared toward elementary students making healthy choices.

In other discussions, Wills,in his superintendent’s report, spoke about Middle School Mondays.

According to middle school assistant principal Matt Shelton, it’s a program that takes place for an hour or so after school each Monday. Middle school students can sign up to take part in activities like learning basketball skills and cooking. This week the students decorated pumpkins, he said.

Recommendations for employment as approved by the board of education at Monday’s meeting are as follows: certified substitute teachers – Steven Ezratty, Mark Peters and Luis Rivas; Tania Barnhart –clerical, aide/monitor, cafeteria; Todd Zirkles, custodian/maintenance; Joshua Allen, custodian/maintenance; Drew Hamilton, girls eighth grade basketball; Jake Orr-Zody, girls seventh grade basketball; Travis Snyder, boys eighth grade basketball; Neil Decker, boys seventh grade basketball; Katrina Dettwiller, girls swimming coach; and Bradley George, boys swimming coach.

The next meeting of the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools Board of Education is scheduled for Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Buckskin Elementary. The meetings are open to the public.

Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.

Jerrold Bradley, standing, explains the design of an athletic facility to board of education member Sandy Free. Board member Jason Allison, center, and board president Doug Mustard, right, are also pictured.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_School-board-pic.jpgJerrold Bradley, standing, explains the design of an athletic facility to board of education member Sandy Free. Board member Jason Allison, center, and board president Doug Mustard, right, are also pictured.
Greenfield exploring practice field possibilities

By Angela Shepherd

[email protected]

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