Williams talks about proposed football stadium

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Trumann School District Assistant Superintendent Brandie Williams talks to the Trumann Lions Club about the proposed new football stadium. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Trumann School District Assistant Superintendent Brandie Williams was the guest speaker at the Trumann Lions Club's weekly last Wednesday. Williams brought renderings and discussed the proposed the new football stadium at the high school.

Williams is a Trumann alum and told the club that she is glad to be back home. "It's such an honor to able to be back at my alma mater. This has been a dream of mine to come back here, and God saw fit for that dream to come true," Williams said.

Williams said the schools have changed so much in the last few years and will change more in the future. Williams also told the group that enrollment is up this year at 1,582 compared to 1,524 last year. "We have a great school board and a great superintendent who want to do what is best for the district," Williams said.

Williams said the football team doesn't have a place they can call home. "Basketball has the new gym, baseball and softball have their new complex, while the football team shares its space at the middle school location," Williams said. The school wants to build a new field house--that will be used for physical education too--along with a new football stadium. "We have the $2.5 million set aside for the field house, but we need the $4.1 million to build the new stadium," Williams said.

The money will come from refinancing existing bonds and using the equity off those bonds. There will be no new millage increase, no tax increase, and no increase to the time to pay off the bonds. "Anytime you refinance bonds and use the money for something other than the original purpose, you have to have approval from the city to do so. This is what we are asking for on this vote," Williams said.

Williams told the group that the new field house will have 40 yards of turf inside for times when weather won't allow for practice outside. The new field will also be turf. "You can play on turf in any weather and not worry about messing the field up. We won't have to paint it each week, mow it or water it. Plus, our parking situation will be so much better with the new stadium," Williams said. She also told the group that visiting teams will have spaces available for five buses that will be parked close to their dressing room. Williams said the hopes are to have the new facility ready for use at some point next season if the vote passes.

A question was asked about why the school is not putting a track around the field for the track and field athletes. "That was discussed, and the board made the decision to not have the track after having discussed the issue with the community," Williams said. Williams said there are plans for a new track in the future with the possible purchase of more land to have it built on.

Also during the Lions' meeting, State Representative Johnny Rye presented a Capitol citation from Secretary of State Mark Martin to Lion Bill Teague for his 50 years of service to Lions Club and for his service to the state of Arkansas. Teague was very grateful for the award.

Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen informed those in attendance that she has applied for a GIF Grant that will allow solar speed detection signs to be placed on Willow Road and on West Main Street.

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