Boosters, players, donors, and local public officials joined the administration of DeKalb West School in a groundbreaking Thursday afternoon for the new baseball indoor hitting and pitching practice facility.
The DeKalb West School Bulldog Baseball Boosters Club plans to build a 40 x 100 foot structure on campus which is to include hitting cages, restrooms, concession stand, storage, office, and locker room.
“Our baseball program at DeKalb West School started seven years ago and as of today we’re breaking ground on our new hitting facility. The school board gave us approval for the project last week and we’ll get started this summer,” said DeKalb West School Principal Sabrina Farler.
"It is to be multipurpose. We want to have a concession stand rather than the portable building we now have there. It will also have two public restrooms in addition to the locker room, hitting cages, batting cages, and things like that," said Tony Cross, Booster Club President.
"I think we can do this for less than $40,000. What we would like to do this summer after school is out is to do the shell of the building and a concrete slab with all the plumbing. I think we can do that for just under $20,000. Eighty percent of the building is batting cages and lanes. That could be used next baseball season. Just to be able to get in and out of the rain. We initially want to get some things done this summer and we'll continue on with fundraisers to raise the remainder of the money. We'd like to have it (project) done next year," said Cross.
According to Principal Farler, several donors have already made contributions and others have expressed an interest. “Several donors have already approached us wanting to be involved. We want to say thank you for all the community involvement we’ve had. Those who have made generous donations are Wilson Bank & Trust, Liberty State Bank and attorneys Sarah Cripps and Brandon Cox,” she said.
Meanwhile, other individuals and groups wanting to support the project may do so by visiting www.dws.dekalbschools.net or http://polarengraving.com/DeKalbWestBulldogWay.
Plans are to build a walkway to the new hitting facility. You can help pave the Bulldog Way by purchasing a personalized engraved brick that will forever be a part of the facility’s walkway. The Bulldog Way is about discipline, dedication, and determination and all proceeds through the sale of the bricks for the walkway will go to support the completion of the baseball facility.
Sizes and prices of the bricks are as follows:
Brick size-4” x 8”
Price text only-$75.00
Price with artwork- $100.00
Brick size- 8” x 8”
Price text only-$125.00
Price with artwork- $150.00
Brick size- 12” x12”
Price text only-$200.00
Price with artwork- $225.00
Add a replica tile (4” x 4” marble tile) of the selected brick for your own personal use for an additional $15.00
Principal Sabrina Farler, Attorneys Sarah Cripps and Brandon Cox, Assistant Principal Joey Agee, Booster President Tony Cross, Kevin Bandy of Wilson Bank & Trust, Coach Tad Web, School Board member Jerry Wayne Johnson, Trustee Sean Driver, Roy Nelson Pugh of Liberty State Bank, Road Superviser Butch Agee, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, School Board member Danny Parkerson, County Mayor Tim Stribling, and Chad Colwell of Wilson Bank & Trust.