New stadium turf to be installed at high schools
New turf will be installed at Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high schools before the start of the 2014 fall sports season.
The Dublin Board of Education this week approved a $934,165 contract with Prograss, LLC, to replace synthetic turf at its three high schools.
The district has been looking into replacement for about a year and said work at two schools -- likely Coffman and Jerome -- will begin in November with the third set to begin in winter or early spring, said Annette Morud, district director of business affairs.
The work is weather dependent, she said, but usually takes about three or four weeks to complete. If there is little moisture and the temperature is above 40, work can be done during the winter.
"It will all be done before the fall sports period," Morud said.
The turf replacement cost will be funded by stadium rental fees and leftover funds from the 2008 bond issue.
In other district news, Dublin Board of Education meetings will have a different setup in the future.
The board will still meet twice a month, but Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the second monthly meeting set on the fourth Monday of the month will be more of a work session with more discussions and few, if any, resolutions to be passed. Most resolutions will be set for the second Monday meeting of each month.
"We will have time for meaningful discussions," Hoadley said. "The plan is to not have any resolution items."
The work session meetings will also be held at the central office, 7030 Coffman Road, so staff can retrieve needed information from their offices if necessary.
The board of education will have a work session meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
A discussion on the five-year forecast and stipends is set for the meeting, Hoadley said.
The board this week also recognized two Wright Elementary School teachers with the Golden Shamrock Award. The award, in its 24th year, recognizes district staff who have made noteworthy contributions.
Intervention Specialist Michele Bergman and first grade Teacher Sheryl Hardin were presented with the award.
According to nominations for Bergman, the teacher has great songs, stories and learning experiences set for students each day.
A nomination read by Wright Elementary Principal Brian Blum for Hardin said she is very compassionate and works hard to help students by organizing the district's summer lunch program.
The board of education this week also accepted several donations to the district, including several from PTOs, which amounted to about $40,000.
PTOs donations included more than $6,000 from the Glacier Ridge PTO for iPads and tech support, $8,294 from Olde Sawmill Elementary for iPads for the fifth grade and $15,760 from the Pinney Elementary PTO for iPads.