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For Roy-Hart new dugouts are a team effort

Contributed Story Posted 13 September 2018 at 10:34 pm

Contributed Photo – Shown at one of the new Roy-Hart soccer dugouts are, seated, Reanna Perkins, Kara Choate and Hanna Willard. In the second row are Christina DiBenedetto, Mya Quinn, Emily Metz, Meghan Washington, Maddie Fry, Maddie Colley and CC Santos. In the back row are girls Asst. Coach Michelle Jennings, Mackenzie White, Rylee Young, Taylor Rhinhart,  Clara Jones and girls Head Coach Rich Jennings.

Anyone driving by the soccer fields at Royalton-Hartland Elementary have probably noticed two new dugouts.  School Business Administrator, Andy Lang, says the new structures are part of the District’s ongoing long-range facilities plan. “The District will be allocating a portion of the Operations and Maintenance budget to fund facilities improvements throughout the District. This will be an ongoing continuous initiative.”

The District’s Director of Facilities, Tim Pietrowski, says the new dugouts were long overdue.  “The structures that were out there had been there for years and were old and dilapidated.  It was a big concern on everyone’s part to replace them with something safe that would last a long time.    Thanks to the generosity of several local companies: All Metal Works, Oak Orchard Concrete and Standish-Jones Building Supply, who helped provide us with materials at a substantial discount, the Building and Grounds Department was able to build the new all steel dugouts and place them on concrete slabs making a much safer space for our students to utilize.  It’s great to get the support from the community on a project like this.  At Roy-Hart Central School District we are a team!”

“I want to thank the Buildings and Grounds crew and Tim for helping to put the new dugouts in at the soccer fields,” says Athletic Director, John Grzymala.  “It’s exciting that a lot of our athletic fields are getting updated and made to look more professional.  We hope that it makes it more welcoming not only for our own students, but for our opponents.  It makes it a good and safe environment for everyone.  It is a great reflection of what we want our athletic department to be.”