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Batavia School District 101 rejects bid for track improvements

Proposal was to replace high school track surface

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:41 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:25 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia School Board members Tuesday rejected a $184,517 bid to replace the track surface at Batavia High School.

Kris Monn, assistance superintendent for finance for Batavia School District 101, recommended that the board reject the bid. He said the district doesn't believe it received the most competitive bid as it might have, if the work was bid out earlier in the season.

Rejecting the bid also will allow the district to address other improvements to the area. The district had been soliciting alternate bids calling in part for the relocation of the high jump, long jump and pole vault areas and the relocation of the score board.

"We would rather that be part of the base bid," Monn said.

But neither of the bidders offered a bid for this alternative. Monn said the track does need $10,000 to $15,000 in immediate repairs that will come out of the district's budget.

"There are areas that need to be done for safety reasons," Monn said. "The surface has degraded quite a bit."

Monn said the district will probably rebid the project this winter. The Batavia School Board previously approved a master plan that calls for $4.5 million in improvements to the high school’s football stadium.

That cost includes the installation of a synthetic turf field and improvements, such as boosting bleacher seating to 2,500 people from its current capacity of 1,500, a press box, a scoreboard and stadium lighting.

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

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