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Donation helps complex budget

Posted: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A generous donation is bringing the Mean Moose a scoreboard, and making for new Alamosa High School (AHS) athletic complex/ vo ag possibilities.

On Monday, Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) officials announced Town and Country owner Mike Goodart would sponsor the complex’s new $35,000 scoreboard.

“He generously offered to purchase the scoreboard,” said ABOE Official Erica Romero. “It will help us work with the budget and with stadium.”

ABOE Official Keith Vance added there is now reconsideration for the vo ag greenhouse that was nixed from the plans earlier this spring because of unforeseen budget constraints. Conversations regarding end zone design and the Mean Moose logo at midfield are also still underway, he said.

The athletic complex/ vo ag building fund currently has $5,333,181 in cash and expenditures totally $413,604, according to the Alamosa School District (ASD) simplified monthly financial report.


Al Bennett

Ortega Middle School (OMS) fans and foes will have new bleachers to take in the game this fall, no longer having to worrying about broken boards and benches.

On Monday night, the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) approved a $61,289 agreement with Jefferson-based DGJD, Inc., a specialized bleacher company, to revitalize the venerable Al Bennett Field.

Plans to retrofit the OMS facility were aligned with the construction of the new athletic complex/vo ag building project only after it was passed last November. Last year, the poor condition of the existing bleachers resulted in physical accidents, prompting the ABOE to prioritize repairs and capital reserve funds in early fall; especially

because there was no guarantee the voters would approve the mill levy. This coming season, Al Bennett will serve both OMS athletes and as an Alamosa High School (AHS) practice field.

The ABOE had two options for the bleacher upgrade. The first option, which the board approved unanimously, leaves the existing home side bleachers at their full length, keeping all fans on one side of the field. New steps and foot planks will bring the bleachers up to code, costing $42,950. Additional improvements include widening the aisles to meet code, a rail divider to separate home and away fans and a remodel of the visitor bleacher area.

The second option would have removed the bleacher end sections, making for a smaller holding capacity. The quote was marginally cheaper at $58,203.

“We are getting more for the money,” said ABOE Official Neil Hammer.

This summer, DGJD, Inc. will be able to install the bleachers while working on the interior of the new athletic complex.

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