High school baseball will wait another year to compete on the Bement ball field, but work is nearly complete on a rehabilitation project that began in 2012.
“The bases are in, the foul poles are in, home plate is in. We don’t have the fence up, but after the field’s been dragged, the baseball field is ready to go,” Athletic Director Steve Cline told the Bement school board on May 8.
“There are no more home games left this year, but at least we know next year we will have games at Bement,” he said.
The field may be used for recreation league games this summer, but Cline said it is currently set up for 90-foot bases and high school outfield fence distances. The fence is yet to be put up, but will be installed at one length with permanent stakes once it is installed.
Cline felt games could be played this summer with temporary bases installed at appropriate lengths if rec league organizers wish to use it.
The Bement Foundation began renovating the field in 2012, but work had stalled for several years until the foundation picked it up again last fall. There are now new dugouts, better drainage, and new backstop and foul poles.
School Superintendent Sheila Greenwood said she is researching a refinancing of district borrowing that could save the district about $20,000 in interest costs. The issue will likely come up again at the June board session.
“Nothing else will change. There is no lengthening, anything else, just a straight up savings of $20,000,” said Greenwood. The savings would come due to lower interest rates compared to when the bonds were purchased.
In other positive financial news, Greenwood said the district will receive about $100,000 in school facilities sales tax proceeds this year, about $15,000 more than was budgeted.
In other news, the board:
–rehired Rachel Riley-Halliday as long-term Spanish substitute for a third straight year. Teacher shortages, especially in the area of foreign languages prompted the move;
–rehired Donna Sharp and Randy Bishop as co-guidance counselors for the 2019-20 school year;
–approved the resignation of Andrew Brown as middle school boys basketball coach;
–hired Alexandra McMillan as the CG-B high school volleyball assistant coach;
–was reminded that eighth grade promotion exercises will be at 7 p.m. May 23, with high school commencement scheduled for 7 p.m. May 24;
–was informed that Ellie Shonkwiler was named Student of the Month for April. Garrett Daniels was named Volunteer of the Month and Angie Corum Teacher of the Month;
–was told the last day of student attendance will be May 17 with a 2 p.m. dismissal.
Bement MS promotion set for May 23
Bement Middle School will promote 26 eighth grade students during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday May 23 in Walsh Gym in Bement. The ceremony is open to the public.
Students being promoted to high school include the following:
Jariah Adamson, Kade Alumbaugh, Marisa Armijo-Hess, Kylee Bales, Phoenix Barnes, Austin Chestnut, Peyton Cooley, Caitlyn Dalton, Talia Davison, Ryan Dick, Bradly Frazee, Kaylee Freiboth, Haley Garrett, Siciley Gudgel, Jazzalynne Hicks, Hanna Isbell, Delaney Loftus, Jacob Logue, Kyleigh Miller, Emily Parrish, Alexa Senter, Eshonna Spice, Emmarose Summar, Taylor Swain, Tarryn Thomas, Taylor Thorman.