District 101 explores 
athletic field improvements

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 9:17 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia School District 101 officials have identified an estimated $13.4 million in improvements to Batavia High School’s athletic fields.

The improvements are part of a proposed master plan for the fields. There is no timeline as to when the improvements would begin.

“No funding has been identified for this project,” said Pat Browne, the district’s director of buildings and grounds. “What we are presenting is a long-term vision.”

The master plan was developed after meetings were held with groups that use the athletic fields, school district administration, maintenance staff and school board members.

Chicago-based architectural, engineering and construction firm Wight and Company came up with an estimate of $13.4 million for the project. That includes $4.5 million for the high school’s football stadium, including installation of a synthetic turf field and improvements, such as bleacher seating for 2,500, a press box, a scoreboard and stadium lighting.

The proposed master plan also includes $4.2 million for installation of a multi-use synthetic turf field and other improvements; $1.5 million for a new maintenance garage/storage facility; $787,000 for the northwest parking area; $715,000 for the varsity baseball field; $616,000 for the junior varsity baseball field; $590,000 for the varsity softball field and $408,000 for tennis court lighting.

Browne said the improvements will allow students to practice and compete on high school grounds, which isn’t the case now.

“We’re trying to get everybody back to the main campus,” he said. “We’re looking to do what we can with the footprint we have currently.”

The improvements aren’t ranked in terms of priority.

“We have lots of areas of improvement,” Browne said.

For example, he said the track, which is more than 20 years old, is in dire need of replacement.

“The track surface is in poor shape,” Browne said. “It is due for total replacement.”

He said expanding the track to eight lanes would help when the high school hosts bigger track meets.