by Sam Clanton
HOLLISTER, Mo. – Hollister School District will soon begin installing synthetic turf on its football field, at no additional cost to the school budget, thanks to a community-wide effort and sponsorship from area businesses.
School officials hosted an event for interested sponsors back in October, and 10 businesses have since pledged support and signed agreements to contribute a total of 40-thousand dollars annually to bring turf to Hollister. Added to the contributions is the annual cost of maintaining the current field, totaling more than 37-thousand dollars.
A news release from the district says the turf surface will provide a more consistent playing field in all weather conditions, while also decreasing injuries, and eliminating the use of pesticides. The renovation of the field from grass to turf will also benefit numerous student activities beyond the football team, including the band program, other youth sports, and special events like Night of the Tiger.
Sponsors at the $5,000 level include Coca-Cola of the Ozarks, Cox Health, Boyce Excavating, an anonymous donor, Table Rock Asphalt and Clean Steam LLC.
The $2,500 sponsors are Branson Family Dentistry, Connell Insurance, Schultz Engineering and Branson Airport.
Hollister Superintendent Dr. Brian Wilson expressed additional appreciation to Jonas Arjes and Jennifer Langford from the Taney County Partnership, and David Jones with Famous Dave’s for their assistance in the initial information event, and in helping bring the various partners together to make the turf surface a possibility.
Interested members of the public are invited to view an informational video on the project at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUXTh3kfe7U.