ATLANTIC – The Atlantic School Board on Thursday approved final payment and paperwork that officially completes the district’s athletic facility project.
The process began in 2018, when a facilities committee was created to study and recommend improvements for sports facilities in August of that year. In December of that year, the school board approved a plan for improvements and asked residents to vote on a $9.5 million bond issue to make the improvements. Voters approved it on April 2, 2019. It included the Trojan Bowl, tennis courts, a baseball/softball facility, and athletic and football fields. Later, turf for the Trojan Bowl was added to the project, at a cost of approximately $600,000. Rolling Hills officials kicked off fundraising for the land with a $50,000 donation. Members of the Jim Tyler family and Atlantic Bottling have offered a $100,000 grant and challenged businesses, organizations and individuals to match those dollars to help raise funds for turf on the field. . The first football match was played on September 28, 2021 between Atlantic JV and Greene County with Atlantic winning 28-0. A dedication and opening ceremonies were held on October 9, 2021 in the first college game between the Atlantic and Red Oak, with the Atlantic winning 42-0.
Atlantic Superintendent Steve Barber said that despite the project taking longer than expected, school officials are pleased that it has been completed and students will benefit from improved facilities.
“We wanted this project to be done much faster than it was,” Barber said Thursday. “It doesn’t take away from the fact that we have great facilities and the job was done well, except that we had to fight to get it done. Now we have finally finished, so today is a good day in that we have achieved final completion, we have great facilities and our children will benefit from it.