New seating being installed in Cassville gym
Motorized bleachers include 400 seats with back support
The Cassville High School Gymnasium will soon have brand new seating with convenient, modern features to accommodate guests for games, ceremonies and events.
According to Dusty Reid, facilities and operations director for the school district, the current bleachers, which were installed in 1995, were due to be replaced.
The new seats will have a more modern look, and will be much more comfortable, Reid said, some of which will even offer back support.
"We are very excited that the new bleachers will include 400 new seats with back support," Reid said.
In addition, those sitting on the east side of the gymnasium will find that they will have more leg room than before.
And the seats will have a very nice feature for staff, too, who work hard to prepare for all of the events that take place in the gymnasium.
"The new bleachers will be motorized, which allows us to be more efficient when setting up for events," Reid said. "The amount of time it takes to pull out or push in the bleachers will go from 45 minutes to 10 minutes."
With all of their convenient features, Reid said staff are quite excited about the new seats, which have been planned for awhile now.
"We have been working on this for several months," Reid said. "We expect the basic installation, including 80 percent of the seats to be done around January 8. The remaining 20 percent of the seats will be installed at a later date due to the fact we are having a logo printed on the seats."
The project is being completed by Carroll Seating, of Kansas City, at a cost of approximately $136,000.
According to Reid, part of that cost was made possible through donations.
"We did get a significant discount by being flexible and accomplishing the project over the holiday break," Reid said. "Most schools prefer to do this over the summer, and that becomes much more expensive. Cassville is fortunate enough to have great facilities, which include five basketball gymnasiums, and we were able to make this work.
"The Cassville R-IV School Board feels that this project will benefit the community by enhancing their experience at all of our events. This includes music concerts, graduation ceremonies and Veteran's Day assemblies, as well as our athletic events and other student activities."