County schools plan summer projects


By Jeff Linville - [email protected]



Surry Central’s award-winning baseball field has a minor issue with drainage in right field, seen in the background of this photo. The landscapers who did the field have agreed to come back and work on improving the drainage.


John Cate | The News

While students are out for the summer, some local schools have projects planned for sports/recreation areas.

Surry Central has a couple of projects on tap after athletic director Myles Wilmoth came before the Surry County Schools Board of Education this week.

Because there was no money requested, the school board simply rubber-stamped renovations to the old weight room in the fieldhouse and drainage work for the baseball field.

Wilmoth said the new weight room is finished, and the athletics department is very excited about that.

With the old space, Central wants to create locker room space for outdoors sports.

Wilmoth explained that boys’ and girls’ soccer players haven’t had anywhere to change clothes. The old weight room is big enough to split down the middle and create both a unisex soccer locker room and one for the softball team.

The girls play soccer in the spring and the boys play in the fall, so there are no issues sharing the space, Wilmoth explained.

There is an old shower area that is no longer in use, he said. That space could be used for storage.

In order to divide the locker rooms, a new wall would need to be constructed in the old weight room. Wilmoth said he had spoken to Robert Draughn, director of plant operations, about having the work done in-house.

Draughn told the school board his department could handle that job.

Wilmoth said he could use Draughn’s help with the other project, too.

He said the baseball field looks wonderful, and the coaching staff is very proud of it. However, there is an issue where water doesn’t drain properly in right field. The team that originally graded the land is willing to come back and do some grading work to make the drainage better.

The outfield fence would block the way for heavy equipment, so it will have to be taken down. Wilmoth asked for some help in getting the fence back up properly.

Draughn gave his agreement, and the board consented to both projects.

Wilmoth added, “I can’t say enough how much Surry Central appreciates Robert and his staff.”

Draughn’s expertise also was sought in two other projects where elementary schools are working on their playground areas.

• Dobson Little League football has worked out a deal for a storage building with local business Central Barns.

The building is about 12×16 and will hold the youth football equipment on the Dobson Elementary campus for easy access to teams.

It would also be nice to have some sort of shelter or lean-to where players can get out of the rain when waiting on parents to pick them up, school officials said to the board.

Draughn will supervise the building installation and work with the school on the proposed shelter idea.

• Thanks to a local company and two families that operate the business, Rockford Elementary is getting new playground equipment.

School officials said a new, large piece of equipment has been purchased for $14,530 — thanks to donations from Carolina Carports and the Herrera and Ochoa families.

Also this summer, the school will add a new blacktop area where kids can play basketball and 4 Square. The estimated cost for the 40×60 area is $7,500.

To make room for the blacktop, the existing swings will be relocated and a couple of new ones added.

And finally, there will be a couple of benches added where the teachers can sit to supervise the children at play.

Surry Central’s award-winning baseball field has a minor issue with drainage in right field, seen in the background of this photo. The landscapers who did the field have agreed to come back and work on improving the drainage.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_DSC_1277a.jpgSurry Central’s award-winning baseball field has a minor issue with drainage in right field, seen in the background of this photo. The landscapers who did the field have agreed to come back and work on improving the drainage. John Cate | The News

By Jeff Linville

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