Jan. 25—BULLARD — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held late Thursday afternoon for the Bullard Independent School District Athletic Complex, which is located behind Bullard Elementary School.
Several hundred Bullard residents joined students and district employees on the history day, eager to get what was a first look for at the brand-new Bullard baseball and softball fields as well as a new tennis facility, which features 12 new courts with state-of-the art lighting.
The new baseball and softball parks are equipped with artificial playing surfaces, covered batting cages, in-dugout restrooms for players and coaches, new scoreboards/video boards and covered seating areas.
There is also a central concession building with restrooms for spectators that serves all-three venues.
Prior to the ribbon being snipped, Bullard ISD superintendent, Dr. Jack Lee recognized and thanked members of the Bullard ISD Boared of Trustee members, Berry & Clay (general contractor), Claycomb Architect Associates, various members of the Central Administration staff and athletic director Scott Callaway for the special part each played in making the athletic complex project a reality that exceeded expectations in the minds of many.
The $21 million project was a part of Bullard Bond 22.
Dr. Lee explained that the need for the new facility surfaced in August 2020 when district officials began to plan for the future of a rapidly-growing school district and its future needs.
Ground was broken on March 8, 2023.
The project also includes a new multi-purpose building, scheduled to be completed in the near future.
Small touch-up jobs still must be done, and a few items such as the permanent stall partitions in the restrooms are scheduled to arrive soon, but the baseball, softball and tennis facilities are expected to be fully functioning in time for the new seasons, which will get under way in February.
"Everything we do comes back to the students," Dr. Lee said.
Board of Trustees President, Cory Zahirniak, acknowledged the voters who supported the bond issue. "Thanks to you guys for voting yes for our kids," he said.