School board considers lights for football field and view for spectators

ENTERTAIN THE BOARD–Red Bud Elementary School music teacher Lindsey Gallaher, at far left, along with some of her eighth grade chorus members, are pictured performing a few Christmas songs for the Red Bud School Board at their Dec. 21 meeting.

Lighting and the visitor’s section at the high school’s football field, as well as student accomplishments were the main topics of discussion at the Dec. 21 Red Bud Board of Education meeting.

Board President Larry Gielow noted that while the board members were at the state board of education conference in Chicago last month, they had discussed updating lighting at the football field as well as getting different bleachers for the visitor’s side.

It’s time,” Superintendent Jonathan Tallman commented, noting that the lighting setup for the field is still the original one, dating back to 1987. “It has lasted a long time, but is now inefficient,” he said. He also added that they can upgrade to LED lights for additional cost savings.

Gielow pointed out that they will look into the matter further and that the light and bleacher updates would be paid for out of the one percent sales tax funds they receive from the county, as those funds can only be used to upgrade school facilities.

Board member Todd Birkner also commented on the need to upgrade the visitor’s side at the football field.

As an announcer at the games, he had not previously viewed a game played there on the visitors side until the recent alumni game.

It’s terrible,” he stated about the experience. He explained that with the current bleachers, spectators can’t really see anything from the bottom three rows. In addition, those seated there cannot hear the announcers.

For more from the Red Bud Board of Education meeting, please see this week’s print edition.