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Batavia School Board approves field improvement plan

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:49 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia school board members Tuesday approved a plan for 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. Pat Browne, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, told board members there is no timetable for the project.

"There are no financial implications for adopting the vision as presented, and no funding for this work has been identified at this time," Browne said. "As individual phases of the plan come to the board for approval, we will provide updated expense projections."

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

Residents were able to comment on the plans at the district’s website. As of July 17, there were 37 responses in favor of and seven responses opposing the plan, Browne said. 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 plan also includes $4.2 million for installation of a multiuse 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. The improvements aren’t ranked in terms of priority.

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

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