New field should be ready for ’18 kickoff

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Berryville High School football team will be playing on a new field by next school year.

Jeff Gattis, senior project manager with Nabholz Construction, updated the Berryville School Board Monday about the progress being made on the new sports complex, which will include a new football field, baseball field, softball field and an eight-lane regulation track around the football field.

The sports complex is being constructed on the west campus, which houses the elementary and intermediate schools and Bobcat Arena, and Gattis said the construction crews have made a lot of progress, including scraping the top soil off, digging out the football field and installing the underdrain system that will be beneath the turf.

He also shared Nabholz’s 30-day construction plan with the board, detailing the work that will take place over the next month.

“The track asphalt pours at the beginning of June,” Gattis said. “Once the asphalt pours and cures at the end of the month, we will start putting the grass turf down inside the football field, assuming we pick the colors of the grasses tonight.”

Because of the amount of rain, he said the baseball and softball fields have been put on the back burner.

“We will do everything we can to make sure we have the baseball field done before the first football game,” Gattis said.

The priority, he said, is having the football field done before the 2018 season begins.

“I feel good about where we are,” Gattis said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do the next three and a half months.”

The board voted to approve changes made to a food service department position. Superintendent Owen Powell said the district would be splitting a current position, adding a $4,000 stipend to the food service department director’s salary and hiring a high school food service manager.

The board later voted to approve the 2018-19 salary schedule, which included the revised food service positions and a $350 increase to the base pay for all positions.

The board voted to create an additional middle school special education position to accommodate the growing class sizes at the middle school level.

The board also voted to approve the summer school budget, the extended school year services for special education, the WillSub contract renewal and the standards accreditation report.

“There were no findings or citations or anything like that,” Powell said. “That’s probably one of the first times I can remember that we had no findings with any of the schools in any areas. Kudos to our principals.”

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 18, in the intermediate cafetorium.

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