Olentangy Liberty High School baseball boosters are raising money to help make their own version of the "field of dreams" a reality.

Ground will be broken in the summer on an indoor practice facility. The Olentangy Local School District board heard a presentation on the project at its June 28 meeting.

Officials from the district and Liberty Athletic Boosters spent more than a year working with the district's facilities committee, which approved the plans, said Eric Kunar, president of the boosters group.

"The dream of doing some type of indoor facility for the baseball program started about 15 months ago," said John Stickel, the project coordinator. "It's a pretty simple building. There's going to be a hitting area with some netting and the pitching area will have portable mounds put in."

The facility is expected to cost about $318,000 to build and will be paid for entirely by the athletic boosters.

The boosters are accepting donations, which can be made at tinyurl.com/libertybaseball.

Liberty won its first Division I state championship June 2 at Huntington Park in Columbus.

"The baseball team is coming off an unbelievable season and we've got a lot of positive feedback from the community," Stickel said.

Officials anticipate opening the facility by December, Stickel said.

The 72-by-96-foot steel building will have separate areas for hitting and pitching practice. It will have LED lighting and a door that lines up with the dugout so the two can be connected, Stickel said.

Kunar said the indoor facility will help standardize practice times and free up part of the gymnasium for other sports.

Dublin Jerome High School has a similar indoor facility, he said.

The project began in 2014 when the boosters raised money to replace infield grass and dirt with turf.

Also at last week's meeting, the school board approved three-year collective bargaining agreements with district bus drivers and custodial and maintenance staff.

The agreements -- with OAPSE/ AFSCME 4/AFL-CIO Local No. 322 and OAPSE/AFSCME AFL-CIO Local No. 039, respectively, took effect July 1.

Board members also voted to maintain current lunch prices for the 2018-19 school year.

Prices will be the same as last school year: $2.50 for elementary school; $2.75 for middle school; and $3 to $3.50 for high school, depending on the menu items.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 9, at district headquarters, 7840 Graphics Way in Lewis Center.

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