Seniors spent their last Dukes football game at home thanks to local business owner Lad Harrison.
Harrison owns Brother’s Chevrolet in Wellington and said he felt compelled to help the Wellington Schools after reading about the condition of the Dickson Street stadium bleachers.
Seating at the athletic complex was ruled unsafe and unusable in mid-October after an inspector from Ohio School Plan insurance agency refused to provide coverage due to structural concerns.
The building underneath the bleachers was also partially condemned because of asbestos and the possibility of mold in the roof.
“When I saw it in the paper I looked at it and said, ‘This is something the seniors shouldn’t have to give up,’” Harrison said.
That’s when he called superintendent Dennis Mock and offered to solve the schools’ bleacher dilemma.
“It seemed like the right thing to do,” Harrison said. “The seniors have put a lot of time in and deserve the opportunity to have a Senior Night.”
He said it cost about $2,000 to rent the portable bleachers for one night.
“We talked about it among the employees and we all felt it was a good thing to do,” Harrison said. “We’re fortunate we’re in the position to be able to do that and we’re honored to do it.”
Mock said the portable seating was rented through Bleachers on Demand based in Castalia, Ohio, and were enough to hold 500 fans.
The local business owner graduated from McCormick in 1968. Several family members, including his two daughters, graduated from the Wellington Schools.
Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.