The sun was setting as the community was arriving at Lakeview High School for the Homecoming Football game and the ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of the new field turf. The golden shovels were ready to make their statement as the local dignitaries made their way to the sidelines prior to kickoff.
Local officials on hand to celebrate with the Lakeview parents and students were: Campti Mayor, Laron Winslow, Principal William Hymes, Coach Brandon Helms, Sheriff Stuart Wright, NPSB Finance Director, Lee Waskom, Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi, School Board President Steven Harris, Vice President Reba Phelps, Board Members Eugene Garner, Rhonda Guidroz and Beverly Broadway.
Principal Hymes shared, “We are so excited about this investment in our campus and we are certain that we will be able to host more home events at our home field.”
Mayor Winslow and Principal Hymes thanked the board for their commitment to improve all of the campuses in the school system.
Principal Hymes also shared that the student body was very excited about all of the changes and upgrades to the 28 year old football field that was dedicated in September of 1993.
In honor of the event the Lakeview Culinary Arts class, instructed by Sherry Helms, provided a tailgate style catered meal on the sidelines. Every dish that was prepared was homemade and served by students from the class.
The construction of the new football turf was a unanimous decision made during the October 7th meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board. The base bid was awarded to Geosurfaces, Inc for a total contract price of $893,800. The Board also accepted the option to lease the turf installation and maintenance for a 10 year period provided by Sustainability Partners. The monthly lease price is $10,091 per month.
During the meeting, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Brandon Helms presented photos of the proposed turf and explained the benefits of never having to miss a game due field conditions. The multi-layered surface will feature Dynamic shock pad and drainage blanket technology as well as lower temperature than traditional grass.
The Lakeview Gators did not pull off the homecoming win against D’argonne Woods but maybe next season the new turf will have them on a level playing field!
Construction of the new football turf is slated to begin in January 2022.