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By Carissa Sitki
The Jersey Community Unit School District 100 held their regular Board of Education meeting Thursday evening, Aug. 18, at which the board approved bids for the turf projects at the Sports Complex and the Jersey Community High School (JCHS) Soccer Field.
Present at the meeting was the district’s architect, Jamie Cosgriff, AIA, of Graham and Hyde Architects, Inc. Cosgriff who went over the details of the project and presented the board with the bids. He said that there were three bidders and five other companies looking.
“There was a lot of interest in this project, which is good.” said Cosgriff.
Cosgriff showed digital designs of the two fields, depicting what they will look like with the new turf.
The project was awarded to ACT Global, who also provided the junior high baseball turf. The board approved ACT’s bid for the project in the amount of $2,429,486, with all seven alternate bids (if they are needed). The alternate bids are:
1. Soil stabilization
2. New goal posts for football
3. Moving the scoreboard up for football
4. Flying panther football logo
5. Goals for soccer
6. Flying panther soccer logo
7. Alternate sizing
He explained that alternate bid 6 was changed to update the center design of the soccer field to the panther flying through the letter “J,” and bid 7 involved rounding off the corners of the soccer field track to make it more walking-friendly.
Board member Andrew Carey stated that he thinks the project will be great for the district, along with all of the alternate bids, citing the improvements that have been made to the indoor facilities over the years.
“I think it’s time we spend a little money outside like we’ve done on the inside,” said Carey.
Additionally, Board President Greg Brown said that the JCHS Soccer Field is not only utilized by the soccer teams, but is also used by other sports teams, classes, as well as the band for practice.
“It’s called the soccer field, but it will be used for P.E. classes, band, and really anyone else who wants to use it,” said Brown. “At some point, we’ve got to update our facilities and, in the long run, it will save us money.”
The project will be paid for using the one percent sales tax and has an estimated duration of several months. The plan is to carry it out over the winter months, between outdoor sports seasons, from mid-October 2022 to mid-February 2023.
In other business, all of the district principals and directors reported good starts to the school year. Several of them said they are glad to be mostly back to normal following all of the COVID-19 disruptions from the past three school years.
“There are so many good things to report at all of our schools,” said Director of Curriculum Dr. Kate Sievers. “Finally, a normal year.”
The Jersey CUSD 100 Board of Education meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the District Board Room. They are scheduled to meet again on Thursday, Sept. 15.