Board of Education recognizes Field of Dreams Steering Committee

Board of Education recognizes Field of Dreams Steering Committee

On March 15, the Pulaski Red Raider Field of Dreams steering committee was recognized by the Board of Education, which directed a commemorative plaque (pictured) to be installed at the Field of Dreams complex. Pictured from left to right are committee members Cindy Egnarski, Chris Smith, Terry Brockman, Janel Batten, Teddi Black and Gordi Black. Not pictured are committee members Larry Smith, Eric Witczak and Todd Gutzman.

The Pulaski Community School District Board of Education formally recognized the Red Raider Field of Dreams steering committee at its meeting Wednesday evening for its work in getting Phase I of the project not only built but paid for in just one year.

A resolution was read at the meeting commending steering committee members, and it was unanimously approved by the board.

School board president Michael Voelker said, “The Field of Dreams benefits the entire community, and it quite literally would not have happened without the steering committee. We commend the committee for their leadership and effort that brought Phase I to completion on time, within budget, and without the use of tax dollars.” 

Superintendent Bec Kurzynske added, "We are truly blessed that our school district and community has the opportunity to benefit from the dedication and determination of our Phase I Field of Dreams steering committee.  Their efforts have brought our community together to fulfill a common dream to serve our students and area residents."

Phase I of the project was kicked off in late April 2016 with a groundbreaking ceremony.  Saputo Stadium was built and ready for action on Sept. 2 when the Red Raiders football team won the first game played there.

Janel Batten, PHS athletic director and chair of the Field of Dreams Steering Committee, announced in early December 2016 that through grants, fundraising efforts and donations from the community $3.6 million had been raised to pay off Phase I, which included Saputo Stadium, the new football, track and band complex. The stadium also serves as an alternate soccer field and a practice field for baseball and softball.

Fundraising continues for Phase II of the project, which includes:

●       Two baseball fields at PHS

●       Two softball fields at PHS

●       Three tennis courts

●       More practice fields

●       Re-excavation of the PCMS soccer complex

To find out more about the Field of Dreams project and to see opportunities to help support Phase II fundraising efforts, go to: http://www.redraiderfuture.org/project/.