By David Jenkins
The construction of Fightin’ Farmers Stadium has been slowed by the recent string of rain.
As of this week, the project is six weeks behind the original time line.
“They are behind schedule and that’s all there is to it,” Farmersville ISD Superintendent Jeff Adams said. “They might be able to make up time as long as the weather is nice. They can also turn on the lights and work if they need to. It has rained pretty much for the past five or six weeks and that is pretty much where they are behind at.”
To make up for that lost time, Lee Lewis Construction is going to try to have their employees work overtime and on the weekend.
“We’ve had no problem with them (Lee Lewis). Whenever they’ve been able to work they’ve been out there,” Adams said. “In the past we haven’t been that fortunate.”
The problem with working those extra hours is whatever money was saved will now have to be used to pay for that extra time.
“The problem now is I think we are going to come in at the amount we set for the project and not under it,” Adams said. “They are going to have to get overtime work to get caught up. Right now we are still shooting for the regular date.”
Not to far from now the curves on the track will be placed, which in turn will allow the work on the field to be done.
At that point the turf can be installed and all the other projects can be completed from there on out for the first home game on Sept. 4 against Community.
Like the playing field, the construction of the new concession stand has hit a bit of a snag.
The top two feet on the ground where it is going to be built is sand, so dirt is going to have to brought in to fix that problem.
Former FISD school board trustee Charles Massey was presented with his name plaque for 10 years of service.
“He has been a big part of the district and asset to the district,” Adams said. “He has helped us with technology and the sound systems. If you think about all that has happened in this district in the last 10 years, from where we were to where we are now and he has been a big part of that.”
Massey commented, “It has been a privilege to serve with you all. I’m so thankful for all that we have been able to accomplish.”
Taking over his spot is Kenneth Roose for the next four years.
He recorded 194 votes in the May 9 general election.
Re-elected for another full four-year term were Glenn McClain (190 votes) and Jeff Hurst (206 votes)
Hurst was named the school board president, Jim Hemby was selected as the vice president and McClain was named the secretary.
Other notable topics discussed.
– Dates for the summer board meetings were scheduled for June 22, July 27 and Aug. 17.
– High school graduation is 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Plano Centre.
– The decision was made to use Evans, Pingleton, and Howard of Frisco to perform the 2014-15 annual financial audit for the second straight year.
– Farmers baseball team and track and field member Chloe Wall were recognized for their athletic achievements.
Wall took sixth place in the pole vault at the Class 3A state meet in Austin.
Farmers baseball won the District 13-3A title, were bi-district champions and finished as area finalist.
– Senate Bill 149, which was passed into law May 11, will allow students to graduate without passing all state mandated end-of-course exams.
Under the law, a graduation committee for each student that has not passed state tests must be formed and will include the principal or the principal’s designee, the teacher of the EOC test that the student has failed, the department chair or lead teacher over the EOC teacher, the student’s parent or guardian or a designated advocate for the student should a parent be unable to serve or the student, if they are at least 18 years old.