The weather has been a “huge factor” in finishing projects in the Union School District, Superintendent Steve Bryant told the school board Wednesday night.

Work at the softball/baseball complex is ongoing, with district officials working with Ameren Missouri to install electric at the complex.

Work still needs to be done in terms of concrete, netting, drainage and the scoreboard.

The concession stand exterior has been completed and work on the interior is still in progress.

“It’s all starting to come together,” Bryant said.

The district also is working with an engineer on the road project, however work can’t begin until frost in the ground has thawed.

In December, the board approved a bid from Karrenbrock Construction for a road from the upper parking lot at the new softball/baseball complex.

The project also will include a handicapped sidewalk to the field and concession stand.

A press box that will sit behind home plate still has to be installed and some minor concrete work needs to be completed.

Overall, a total of $422,340 was allocated from the district’s capital improvement fund for ATG Sports to build the facility on the campus of Union High School.

The scope of work for the field included a turf infield, grass outfield, dugouts, backstop and NLB netting, scoreboard, fencing, synthetic turf bullpen, foul poles, a removable pitcher’s mound for softball and split face block backstop wall.

The bid also includes drainage and irrigation systems, surveying, staking, soil testing and analysis and other necessary preparations for constructing the field.

Not included in the bid were the concession stand and restrooms, bleachers and the accessible parking lot and road.

Other Projects

Bryant said Beaufort Elementary is working with the Department of Natural Resources, an engineer and septic service on possible solutions for its aged lagoon system.

“As we’ve added to the building, it’s reaching its capacity,” Bryant said.

Another ongoing problem in the district is sinking concrete floors in the west wing of Union High School.

The floor has settled 2 to 4 inches in some places, Bryant said. Gradual sinking has been occurring for several years, he said.

“Structurally we seem to be OK,” Bryant said, adding that the foundation and exterior walls are in good shape.

The district is working with an engineer to explore its options, which will be brought to the school board at a future meeting.

Fire alarm panels at the high school also are a top priority.

In one of the past additions at the high school, a different brand of panels was used.

Occasionally, the two different panels don’t communicate properly — causing false alarms.

Bryant noted that the panels at the high school and several other buildings are starting to age and the district wants to get ahead of any problems.

“We’re trying to keep them maintained properly,” he said.

As part of its safety initiative, the district is continuing work toward a new access system at all of its buildings.

Employees will have an ID card and will use certain entrances.

All buildings in the district have been wired, but are not online yet. Clark Vitt Elementary will test the system when it is online.