New South Range stadium named Ralph Witmer field

21 September 2017

The South Range school board this week approved a naming rights agreement for the field at the new stadium at the Rominger Sports Complex.

The board approved an agreement with Ralph Witmer for $100,000. The name of the field will be Ralph Witmer Field.

The terms of the agreement call for $20,000 to be paid annually to the South Range Athletic Boosters the next five years for the naming rights in perpetuity. Schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham noted, however, that Witmer indicated the payments will be made sooner than the five years.

In addition to the $100,000 for the naming rights, Witmer had also signed a conditional pledge agreement to match the athletic booster’s capital campaign up to $100,000 over the next year.

Witmer is a former school board member who served on the Greenford board and the original South Range board during the merger of Greenford and North Lima. He also served on the board at the time of purchase of the property on which the K-12 campus now sits.

“He’s been an integral part of the South Range and Greenford community for many, many years,” Dunham said. “He’s a good person with a big heart who really works to do what is best for the kids here.”

Dunham said Phase II of the stadium project is complete and the money from the agreements will be used for phase III and IV, which include concessions, restrooms, parking, fencing and team rooms.

The stadium is being completed at no cost to the district. The boosters are conducting a capital fundraising campaign that includes a 300 Club to complete the project. Once finished, the facility will be donated to the school board. The district began hosting night varsity football games this fall.

In other business, the board approved Nathan Elsbury as a student cafeteria worker and David Markulin and John Richardson as unpaid volunteer middle school wrestling assistants.

The board also rescinded the supplemental middle school cross country coaching contract for Jordan Roush and granted it to Tanner Greene.