Which design would you like to see painted on the new and improved basketball court? This is the question Tashua Elementary School students will be asked as they return to school in September for the 2015-2016 school year, the school\u2019s 50th anniversary. Due to the efforts of Trumbull\u2019s State Rep. Dave Rutigliano and First Selectman Tim Herbst\u2019s administration, the court and playground fields are in the process of receiving a significant upgrade and facelift in order to correct drainage issues and wear from past decades. \u201cThis is the type of project that needed to happen,\u201d said Rutigliano, who visited the school to view construction progress, with Herbst, Town Clerk Suzanne Monaco, and Town Treasurer John Ponzio, Aug. 20. \u201cThe playground area is going to be safer now for our kids and visitors, and should be ready for the start of school,\u201d he said. Rutigliano, who began advocating for this project when he sat on Trumbull\u2019s Board of Finance, lives near Tashua, and both of his children attended the elementary school. \u201cThe Town of Trumbull, the Herbst administration, school administrators, project engineers all did an excellent job coordinating, securing funding, and seeing this through,\u201d he said. \u201cNow the fun part begins.\u201d The old basketball court was adorned with a large mural of the United States. Rutigliano said that the painting was iconic to the local area and residents, so it\u2019s fitting that the Tashua students will be able to vote on a new design. Students will have at least five choices to choose from, and a new map of the U.S. will be one of them. A fund-raiser will also be held to finance the purchase of longer-lasting weatherproof paint, so it can be enjoyed for years to come. \u201cWhen it\u2019s complete, the new playground area will be larger, and more enjoyable for everyone. Many a kickball game has been played in this area,\u201d said Rutigliano. \u201cThank you to everyone who had a hand in making this happen.\u201d To note, due to the thoughtful planning of town employees, no harm has come to the playground\u2019s butterfly garden, or the pavers with name inscriptions. They will be safely relocated to a new area on the playground property.