Lutzie Field…We Need Your Help!

 

As many of you are aware, the Lutzie 43 Foundation has been working very closely with the Lassiter community over the past 11 months on a very special project, the resurfacing of Lassiter’s stadium field and naming of the playing surface (“Lutzie Field” at Frank Fillmann Stadium.) This project came into our hearts to serve as a tangible reminder to the Lassiter community of the mission of the Lutzie 43 Foundation, “Live like Lutz. Love like Lutz. Learn from Lutz.” Through the field project, we feel we can best emphasize the “Learn From Lutz” element of our mission. The new turf and its name “Lutzie Field” will serve as a constant reminder for Lassiter students and community members of the importance of developing and displaying good character, but also of the dangerous effects of poor decision-making.

 

Throughout this process, we have been humbled to receive overwhelming backing from the community for this project. There have been numerous supporters for the project, both financially and otherwise, and we would first and foremost like to recognize many of them:

 

Additionally, we have received support from countless other individuals; this group includes significant private donors that wish to remain anonymous, other members of the Lassiter High School staff, and various members of senior leadership within the Cobb County School District (CCSD) construction, legal, and procurement groups. Each and every individual has played an instrumental role in helping bring this project forward. We have been humbled and touched by the outpouring of support from every corner of the Lassiter community and beyond.

 

From the very beginning, the objectives behind this project have been multiple and integrated:

 

We have been blessed to have this project come together to meet the aforementioned goals, and serve as an example within Cobb County about the benefits of a community coming together to create a positive and lasting legacy out of a tragedy.

 

Challenge with the Cobb County School Board Chairman

 

Over the past 11 months, we have gone to great lengths to bring this project to fruition. While the project is 100 percent privately financed, the size of the project requires it to meet certain bidding requirements and county construction reviews. Lastly, the project must receive an official vote from the school board. We have worked closely with the CCSD to ensure that all requirements are met in order to proceed with the project. In a nutshell, we were told by the CCSD that we needed to fulfill the following:

a) Appropriately bid the project

b) Secure all financing

c) Demonstrate community support.

 

At this time, we have completed all of the necessary steps for the project. We were placed on the agenda for the June 10, 2015 Cobb County School Board meeting to put the project to vote. At this meeting, we were hopeful to receive approval from the board and begin the project immediately thereafter. This would keep us on-schedule for the field dedication scheduled for August 14, 2015.

 

Late last week, we received word that Randy Scamihorn, Chairman of the School Board, removed the project from the agenda for the June 10 school board meeting for reasons unstated to us. In a previous meeting with Mr. Scamihorn, we reviewed the project and the timeline we needed for completion. We discussed the ramifications of eliminating the project from the June 10 meeting agenda.

 

We Need Your Help!

 

When we began this project, we only wanted to move forward if we had full backing within the Lassiter community. We have been truly humbled and blessed by the outpouring of support, both financially and otherwise.

 

However, we now need your help to positively demonstrate your support directly to the Cobb County School Board. If you are willing and able to help keep the Lutzie Field project on-schedule for August 2015 completion, we ask that you do the following:


 

a) Share your support publicly through social media. You can follow the Lutzie 43 Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on this process. We are using the hashtag #LutzieField to measure public support on social media. Help us get this trending!

b) Send e-mails to all the CCSD board members regarding your support for the project.

 

We want the e-mails to be positive and specific, and for you to be willing to sign your name. In communicating with the board, our main goal is to emphasize that project approval is time sensitive in order to complete the field re-surfacing by our August 14 dedication date. You can help address this by requesting the project be voted on as soon as possible, including through special session if necessary. It is important that any messaging regarding this manner positively reflect the mission and values of the Lutzie 43 Foundation.We ask that all emails and social media posts be respectful and demonstrate great character.

 

Below, we have provided the contacts of the Cobb County School Members:

 

Randy Scamihorn: rscamihorn.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Susan Thayer: sthayer.boardmember@cobbk12.org

David Morgan: dmorgan.boardmember@cobbk12.org

David Chastain: dchastain.boardmember@cobbk12.org

David Banks: dbanks.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Scott Sweeney: ssweeney.boardmember@cobbk12.org

Brad Wheeler: bwheeler.boardmember@cobbk12.org

 

We would also suggest you e-mail Chris Ragsdale, School Superintendent, atchris.ragsdale@cobbk12.org.

 

Thank you for all your support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Missy Koslowski

GA News Online

"A Proud Supporter of all that is Georgia High School Football"

mkoslowski@ganewsonline.com