"Change" and "renovation" are buzz words for the Green Bulldogs.
The decision to move to the Federal League for the 2015-16 school year has demanded more from the district. Coaches and athletes have vowed to step-up the level of competition and postseason success rates.
The administration is stepping up, too. Behind the efforts of Athletic Director Bruce Johnson, district officials and community members have committed to upgrading athletic facilities.
This fall, the football team reaped the benefits of that commitment when the home locker room at Memorial Stadium was renovated.
"This is just the beginning of our attempt to improve the atmosphere for our athletes," Johnson said. "It is a small part of our overall athletic strategic plan. … We did, however, want to get started with a few things to show where we were headed."
This football season, $17,450 was invested to upgrade the locker room. Completed upgrades to the facility include new flooring, a paint job and wall graphics.
"I wish you could see a 'before' and 'after,'" Johnson said. "'Before' we had the cracking concrete and the paint really needed redone."
The space soon will be fitted with a wireless projector and video screen which allows head coach Ed Cybak and his players to study film in their renovated home.
The project was funded jointly by the Green All-Sports Booster Club, Green Youth Football and Legends Sports Pub and Grille.
The newly renovated locker room is proof of Green's commitment to improve its athletic programs. Johnson is using these renovations as a template for future projects.
"The football locker room is a great example of the business sponsorship, advertising dollars, booster club, youth sports organization and school board cooperation that it takes to get things done for our athletic department and our athletes," Johnson said. "This is the model we will use to develop strategies in our strategic plan for many facility improvements over the next year."
Ultimately, Johnson envisions a dual-purpose complex adjacent to the high school that will serve the tennis and soccer programs. Those plans remain in the conceptual stage.