VIENNA — The Mathews School District is gearing up to break ground this spring for major upgrades to the Baker Elementary athletic field, but will wait for any work on the school’s roof this year.
Superintendent Russell McQuaide said with the first home football game scheduled for August 27, the new stands for the pitch will be installed in early August. But the new press box will probably not be ready for the first game as it is expected to arrive at the end of August.
He indicated that the project has been reviewed in recent weeks for the removal of the old stands on the ground as well as the electrical installation this summer.
The school board approved Ohio Edison at $6,411 for stadium service.
He said the district was looking to innovate in early June. The district worked with ABG Architects of Akron.
Last month, the board awarded contracts for the sports complex to Dant Clayton Stadium Seating at $324,409 for renovations and a new press and bleacher section. The new stands will be able to accommodate 500 spectators. McQuaide said the old bleachers date from the late 1960s.
Agreements were also approved with SoundCom Systems at $52,171 for a new sound system and with Musco Sports Lights at $366,618 for lighting.
McQuaide said the district has various funds, including $1.65 million in permanent improvement funds, a $300,000 donation from the Cafaro Foundation, and pandemic relief funds.
He said the district also has Tricomi and Associates at $2,500 appraising the property behind the Cadwallader Sonk Road board offices to prepare it for sale. Surveyor Robert Lyden also surveyed the property.
“We have 115 acres there that are unused and that we will put up for public sale. We will keep the board offices there so that we don’t have to invest in building board offices. We will maintain a gas well on the property,” he said.
McQuaide said there were 12 acres to maintain for the school, including a storage building.
But due to the supply chain situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the district will wait for roofing work and heating, ventilation and air conditioning work at Baker Elementary.
Officials said the facility improvement committee was considering a full gym and an addition to Baker with more classrooms and an office, but costs have not been determined.
McQuaide said the district is applying for a $3,460 attorney general security grant based on the district’s student population of 630 to spend on improving security.
He said the district is working to get a second school resource officer for all three schools.
“Part of the grant money can be used for SRO training,” said McQuaide.
The board approved McQuaide to pursue a three-year agreement with Vienna for the employment of two full-time SROs.