Old School Traditions.
New School Vision.
Through the generosity of the Howland Stadium Foundation, local businesses and the Howland Board of Education’s direction of permanent improvement funds, Howland Local Schools has been able to make improvements to its facilities.
The Howland Stadium Foundation successfully raised nearly $327,000 for stadium improvements to include the installation of artificial turf. In recognizing the significant, long-term cost savings associated with artificial turf over natural grass, Howland Schools committed to raising additional funds to complete this project in adherence to the district strategic plan.
An annual savings of more than $100,000 is achieved through the reduction of materials, resources and labor related to the operation and maintenance of the grass field. This equates to more than $1 million dollars in savings over the life of the artificial turf field. The district allocates an annual percentage of those savings to the turf project and future stadium and campus improvements.
The Howland business community has long supported students in the Howland Local School District. The district secured new video boards, which allow businesses to continue their support of our students and schools in a more visible manner. Business owners, who purchase ad space on the video boards, reach over 70,000 people who enter through our gates and doors each year. The video boards will also allow for our video production students to gain valuable hands-on experience in media production and advertising. Our fans also enjoy a more engaging experience during their visit to our stadium and high school gym.
Both projects were completed in the fall of 2019.
Howland Schools has identified a number of other projects its hopes to tackle in the future. Over the course of the next several years, the school district hopes to construct a performing arts auditorium and make security enhancements to the Shaffer Avenue parking lot, which is adjacent to the high school’s main entrance. The district would also like to bolster its educational technology offerings and install a digital sign to let parents and the community know what's taking place within the district.
Partnerships Advocating and Working for Students (P.A.W.S.) was organized in 2019 to provide Howland Schools funding to make districtwide upgrades to facilities that will support students, programs and initiatives. The goal of P.A.W.S. is to increase school pride and enhance student experiences through facility updates in athletics, art and technology. Additionally, P.A.W.S. works to foster and enhance collaboration between Howland Schools, the Howland community organizations and local businesses.