Groundbreaking for new Rockford fields

Despite cold and snowing weather, Rockford Area Schools hosted a groundbreaking event April 23 for the reconstruction of a multipurpose athletic field.

Attending the Rockford Area Stadium groundbreaking ceremony April 23 included from left, School Board Chair Ted Botten, Corcoran Mayor Ken Guenthner, Greenfield Mayor Brad Johnson, School Board Treasurer Kris Abrahamson, Rockford City Administrator Nancy Carswell, School Board Clerk Chuck Tryon, Rockford Area Schools Business Manager Sandy Strozyk, Superintendent Paul Durand and Rockee, the Rockford mascot.

Attending the Rockford Area Stadium groundbreaking ceremony April 23 included from left, School Board Chair Ted Botten, Corcoran Mayor Ken Guenthner, Greenfield Mayor Brad Johnson, School Board Treasurer Kris Abrahamson, Rockford City Administrator Nancy Carswell, School Board Clerk Chuck Tryon, Rockford Area Schools Business Manager Sandy Strozyk, Superintendent Paul Durand and Rockee, the Rockford mascot.

This is one of the major upgrades possible from the November 2012 bond issue. With these improvements to the football and track stadium at Rockford High School, the district will be able to conduct conference and section events as well as soccer games on the new turf field starting next school year.

“This is an exciting time in our district, for our students and community,” said Superintendent Paul Durand, “We look forward to the first home football game in September on the new multi-purpose field.”

Other work has begun on the new varsity baseball stadium in Corcoran, middle school gym floor and window replacement, boilers in all the buildings and updates to the high school auditorium, kitchen and commons areas.

Future projects and improvements will involve technology, roofs, parking lot, security and fire alarms and the high school music facilities.

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