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North, South stadiums will get new press boxes

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Two years overdue for replacement, the press boxes at Westerville North and South high schools have seen a bevy of repairs over the last few years.

The Westerville City School District staff has undertaken the repairs when possible, but many of the repairs have been significant enough to hire outside contractors, said district Business Operations Services Executive Director Jeff LeRose.

"You start to get to a phase where you continue to put money into something that has outlived its life. It becomes wiser to replace than continue to repair," LeRose said.

With that in mind, the Westerville Board of Education approved the replacement of the two press boxes at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24.

The board approved a $479,000 contract with Kentucky-based Dave York Sports to replace the two press boxes.

The press-box replacement was slated to occur two years ago under the five-year capital-improvement plan created by the district after the passage of its permanent capital-improvement levy in 2009, LeRose said.

The levy raises about $9 million each year that must be used for capital improvements. Most of that money goes toward materials, technology and buses, and what is left is generally used for facilities improvements, LeRose said.

The district held off on the work amid the uncertainty of the athletic program as it sought additional operating funds from voters, he said.

The project did come in $21,000 under the engineer's original estimate of $500,000, LeRose said.

The district saved money on the project by scheduling the press-box replacement for winter rather than summer, as most schools do, LeRose said. The company drops prices for winter months as it seeks more projects, he said.

The press boxes are manufactured by Dave York Sports in Kentucky and then transported to Westerville for installation, LeRose said.

The work will begin at the schools in late October and early November, and the press boxes are expected to be fully installed by Feb. 15, LeRose said.

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