Royalton Ballpark Improvement club sprucing up fields

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


Members of the new Royalton Ballpark Improvement club are off and running with projects to spruce up the school’s ballparks.

“We have about 25 guys and gals right now in the organization,” said Kevin Silbernick. “Last fall we put the baseball and softball fields to sleep. We tilled what should be dirt and weeded what should be grass.”

Volunteers brought skid loaders and tiller tractors to get the job done.

“We cleaned up all the ballparks on the high school campus,” said Activities Director Brent Lieser.

The club’s next project is to build dugouts so that every field has a dugout.

Representatives of the club presented a report to the School Board Monday, and proposed field sponsorship signs be used on the two softball fields and the two baseball fields.

“Our long-term goal is to have 20 – 25 signs per field on the fences,” said Silbernick.

“We’d be very satisfied with 50 total,” said Lieser. “Even if we had 500 signs, we couldn’t cover every field. We just brought this to the Board now to increase their awareness. We have to explore our options.”

The group is tentatively looking at a three-year contract with advertisers.

By consensus, the Board gave the go-ahead for the club to look for sponsors.


Other business that came before the Royalton School Board Monday included:

• Swearing in new directors Liz Verley and Jeff Swenson as well as re-elected director Michelle Carlson;

• Electing Carlson to be chairperson, Dale Lenz as vice chair, Jim Block as clerk and Verley as treasurer;

• Acknowledging the retirement of Spanish instructor Linda McManus at the end of the semester with more than 30 years’ teaching. “We appreciate the service she’s given the district,” Carlson said;

• Setting a new regular meeting day and time as the third Monday at 6 p.m., except February, when the meeting will be on the third Tuesday;

• Tabling the superintendent’s evaluation because it was in the possession of absent director Tom Justin;

• Discussing security at the schools at the request of Director Block. A two-hour meeting that will include tours of both buildings was set for Monday, March 11 at 5 p.m.;

• Accepting the resignation of Special Education Paraprofessional Maureen Gertken, effective Jan. 11; and

• Approving the submission of the unsettled 2011-13 teacher collective bargaining agreement to final-offer, total package interest arbitration, subject to the teachers’ union’s agreement to do the same and that an agreement be reached as to the issues that will be submitted to the arbitrator.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Royalton School Board will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the High School.