Upgraded field lights provide safety, ability to host night games, practice

COURTESY PHOTO: REYNOLD SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Prior to installing new lights, Reynolds High School students were bused to the Reynolds Middle School field for night games and practice. Reynolds School District contracted with MUSCO Lighting to install a new state-of-the-art lighting system at the Reynolds High School fields. Prior to the construction of the new lights the school had to transport Reynold High School students to Reynolds Middle School to practice and play sports after dark.

The total cost of the project was $395,129, paid for by the 2015 bond and $50,000 coming out of Reynolds School District's Operations and Facilities departments. Reynolds Middle School's 50-year-old field lights also were demolished.

"Now our high school students don't have to be bused over to RMS for practice and games," said Dee Archie, Reynolds High School's Athletic Director. "They can take pride in having a state-of-the-art lighting system at their own field."

According to the district, the new lighting system increases safety for RHS student athletes and mitigates the risk of nighttime criminal activity. The lights are energy efficient and will have a cost savings to the district.

"The new lighting will light the entire football field as well as 50% of the east practice field," said Christopher Ortiz, Assistant Superintendent of Student & Family Services and District Operations. "We're excited to have our Raider Boys and Girls sports teams play on their own field with safer conditions the lights provide."

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