The School Board on March 25 approved bids to replace the turf and track at Panther Stadium and to partner with the Ray-Pec Booster Club for the replacement of the stadium scoreboard.
The synthetic track surface at Panther Stadium was designed with a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years. This spring will complete the 11th season on the surface. To provide a safe and reliable track surface, the Board approved a bid of $196,780 from McConnell and Associates for the resurfacing project.
The turf playing surface at the stadium was also designed with a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years. This spring will complete the 11th season of use. The Board approved a bid of $378,550 (for the base bid and several alternates) from ATG Sports for the turf replacement.
The current scoreboard at Panther Stadium is 15 years old and failing. The Booster Club is currently soliciting sponsorship from area businesses to cover the cost of purchase and installation of a new scoreboard. The Booster Club has already secured $60,000 toward the purchase price. The District plans to use capital project funds to cover the remaining costs of the scoreboard until the Booster Club acquires the remaining funds. The scoreboard can be purchased from Athco, LLC, at a discounted rate through Greenbush Cooperative Pricing in the amount of $102.175.
The picture shows a $25,000 donation presentation from Community Bank of Raymore toward the new scoreboard. From left: Shauna Stephenson, Senior Vice President of Community Bank of Raymore; Travis Thurston, Board Member of Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club, Jack Hopkins, President of Community Bank of Raymore; Tom Kruse, Athletic Director of Ray-Pec; Mary Mattingly, Carol Harmon, Miranda Robinson, Emily Goulding, Alex Gray and Maria Thomson, Community Bank of Raymore employees.