BWSD nearing its football ‘field’ goal
By Dwayne Bremer
Sep 2, 2014, 20:22
Workers once again near completion on the $690,000-plus artificial turf project at Bay High School’s Tank Williams Field. Initially scheduled to be complete by the first game of the year, work stopped on the project in June to drainage issues reportedly caused by a high water-table under the field.
Officials at the Bay-Waveland School District are hope that a new turf field will be installed at Joe D. McCoullough Stadium in time for the school's homecoming game on Sept. 19.
Last week, Bay High School had to play its opening home game at Hancock High in Kiln.
Thanks to a break in the schedule, Bay is not scheduled to play at home again for another two weeks.
In August, the school district agreed to allow additional time for the field turf project after problems with the water table underneath the field were discovered.
Construction crews have excavated soil; added a layer of limestone and installed goal posts in the past few weeks.
School district officials said Tuesday that the last major hurdle in the project is the overlay of the synthetic substance that will cover the limestone and rubber base.
Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Ladner said Tuesday that the completion date for the project remains Sept. 23, but work is progressing.
"Nothing has changed as far as the completion date, but we are going to have a meeting soon and talk about it," Ladner said.
If the field is not ready by Spet. 19 that game would likely be played at Hancock High School's Brett Favre Field.