Dublin Villager

Board seeks bids for turf and roof repairs, replacements

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Turf in Dublin's high school stadiums might soon be replaced.

The Dublin City School District Board of Education last week authorized bidding for several projects throughout the district, including replacement of synthetic turf at Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools.

The district estimates the replacement of turf at the three fields will cost about $1.2 million.

District Business Affairs Director Annette Morud said the replacement will be funded by stadium rental fees and money remaining from the bond issue passed in 2008.

Work on replacing the turf could start when the current athletic season ends and should be completed by next fall, Morud said.

Timing of the replacement will depend upon cost.

"We might get better bids doing it all at the same time, or we might get better bids if we stagger it," Morud said.

Most of the other projects approved for bids for construction will be completed during next summer and funded by the bond issue approved by voters in 2012, Morud said.

Asphalt repairs are planned and are expected to cost $1.1 million.

Roof repairs and replacements are also set for next summer at Bailey and Pinney elementary schools, Karrer Middle School and Scioto and Jerome high schools for about $2 million.

The district is also planning to expand the weight room at Coffman High School, a project that could start during the school year.

"The Coffman weight room could start this year," Morud said. "It's not in the school with classrooms."

The weight room expansion will be partially funded by $75,000 from the Coffman Athletics Boosters, Morud said.

Another project that could start during the school year is the expansion of the commons at Davis Middle School.

The project approved in the 2012 bond issue would give students more room at lunch and cost about $680,000.

"The Davis commons we will start this school year and it will be ready for the next school year," Morud said.

Other projects completed throughout the district over the summer are doing well, Morud told board members during the Aug. 26 meeting.

The Coffman High School cafeteria was upgraded to provide better lunchtime offerings.

"Every day we see roughly 50 more kids eating than the day before," Morud said.

Improvements done at Riverside Elementary School to make the pickup and dropoff procedure for students safer is going well, although there is a learning curve for parents, Morud said.

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