The Middletown Area School Board approved several contracts toward restoring War Memorial Field at its Jan. 21 meeting.
The project includes removing the existing grass turf and preparing the field to be reseeded with new grass.
The district hopes to grow new turf on the field by May 1. If the weather does not cooperate, the district will have to bring sod in from the outside.
Bringing in outside sod would increase the cost of the project from $58,357 to an estimated $83,182, district Chief Financial Officer David Franklin told the Press & Journal.
The restoration is needed following several years of increased use of War Memorial Field since the closing of Field 14, a field located on the central campus near the high school.
Franklin could not say how long it has been since the field was last restored to this extent.
The current high level of use of War Memorial Field will decrease when a planned synthetic turf mini-stadium opens next to the high school, Franklin said.
The new field will be used by soccer, field hockey, youth and non-varsity football teams along with physical education classes and band practice. The varsity football team will continue to play at War Memorial Field.
The school board is to award contracts on the new stadium during its Feb. 18 meeting, Director of Operations William T. Meiser said Jan. 21.
The mini-stadium cost is estimated at $3.9 million. The district hopes to have the new stadium built and ready for use by the end of September.
The contracts the board approved for War Memorial on Jan. 21 include:
• $10,672.20 to Windview Athletic Fields for turf removal to prepare seed bed for new seeding.
• $4,900 to Evans Engineering for a design professional to survey the field for crowning.
• $24,784 to Green Horizons Turf Service for grading and seed bed preparation.
• $17,175 to Green Horizons Turf Service for seeding, fertilizing, turf grow-in and maintenance.
If the field cannot grow its own grass by May 1, the board will re-bid a contract to bring in sod.
The contracts were bid and awarded following a plan for restoring the field that Meiser presented to the school board on Dec. 17.