A project to build a multipurpose turf field and two ball diamonds behind Tremont Elementary School is moving forward after the approval of a $2.15 million contract for the work.

The Upper Arlington Board of Education voted 3-0 during a May 1 special meeting to hire Frontier Sports, based in Jones Mills, Pennsylvania, to fix stormwater drainage issues and build three athletics fields behind Tremont. Board members Robin Comfort and Nancy Drees did not attend the meeting.

The action marks the first construction contract the district has in place for the largest facilities upgrades program in its history after voters approved a 5.17-mill bond issue last November that will generate $230 million over the next 38 years.

The work at Tremont will include converting two grass playing fields into a multipurpose turf field that is expected to be available by August to Upper Arlington High School sports such as soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.

A baseball field and a softball field will be constructed on district-owned land adjacent to Northam Park, which district officials hope will be ready for those UAHS teams to use in spring 2019.

The Tremont athletics complex will provide transition facilities for UAHS baseball and softball practices and games for the 2019-21 seasons while the high school and its athletics facilities are being rebuilt.

Those sports will return to new on-campus fields at UAHS in spring 2022, under the district's facilities master plan.

The district also has plans in place to rebuild or renovate its five elementary school buildings with bond issue money.