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Boosters call for athletics upgrades

BC says $1.5M worth of work needed, bond vote discussed

— The group of booster members said estimates for a new turf field are currently less than $1 million. According to DeMeo, new bleachers would cost around $300,000, refurbishment of the track would be nearly $90,000, and a new lighting system for the gym is estimated to cost around $75,000. Additionally, the athletic director said the tennis courts are in need of repair and the high school gym is in need of a new sound system.

“We really need to resurface of track,” DeMeo said. “It’s recommended to resurface it every seven years and the track is 10 years old, so it’s three years overdue. It should last 20 years, but we have to maintain it.”

He went on to say a better track could actually return funds to the district.

DeMeo said if two additional lanes were added to the track it could attract use for sectionals competitions and other districts may be interested in renting the field if it were converted into turf. If turf wasn’t added, he would like to see a new drainage system installed.

School board President Diane Giacone Stever said the board is intrigued by the idea of the bond since funding for some of the updates had been in budgets in years past, but was removed because of fiscal concerns. Parents of student athletes and booster members had thought to raise the funds themselves, but were unable to because of the amount needed.

“We really couldn’t ask them to try and raise that much money,” Stever said. “The parents already contribute quite a bit already.”

According to the board, a public petition to get the bond on the ballot would need 400 signatures 30 days prior to the vote. She stressed to the group of booster members to get the petition in sooner, so the pubic would have a longer period of time to discuss the idea.

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