Union School District officials are moving forward with a project to remodel Stierberger Stadium.
The school board Wednesday night unanimously approved a bid from Tremco not to exceed $200,000 to clean, tuck point, redo the press box, replace and seal concrete and make other needed repairs to the stadium.
Superintendent Steve Bryant emphasized that funding for the project is in no way related to the $8 million bond issue passed in April, but that funding would come from the district’s capital improvement fund.
“It has nothing to do with the bond issue or the fundraising money,” Bryant said, “but this is money that is part of a normal maintenance issue.”
Of all the district’s buildings, Bryant said the stadium probably is in most need of repair.
The scope of the project will include power washing under the stadium with hot water and disinfecting cleansers, replacing the roof and steps and redoing and sealing the bleachers.
The press box will get a total makeover, including a new roof, drywall and paint.
The project also will make the area under the stadium available for a locker room. Historically, it has been used for storage, but currently water leaks into the area creating a habitat for algae and other organisms.
Work already has begun on a separate project to improve the track and field, with the removal of the sod to pave the way for the turf.
Contractors also have started tearing up the track, which will have to be completely redone with asphalt since the base layer was found to be in total disrepair.
In May, the board approved to commit a little more than $1.1 million to replace the track, put in a new turf field, complete with sponsor logos, a center logo and colored end zones, and make the stadium improvements, as well as plans for new visitor bleachers, interior fencing and an expanded high jump.
Some of the funding for that project will come from sponsorship sales, with the rest coming from the district’s capital improvement fund.
All projects pertaining to the outdoor facilities are expected to be complete by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, Byant said.