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Falls schools want council to provide funds for sports complex

Looking to build $3 million athletic complex

NEWTON FALLS — Schools Superintendent Rocco Adduci said he and a board of education member will attend the Monday village council meeting to explain plans for a new, estimated $3 million athletic complex at the school property and to see if the village would take part.

Adduci said at a recent board of education meeting he will attend the meeting to discuss plans for the athletic complex. It would have a new track, synthetic turf, practice and playing fields, band shell with aluminum roof, video / digital scoreboard, fieldhouse, parking and lighting.

He said they will ask village council if it would like to donate funds to the project that can be used by the general public.

“This complex will put Newton Falls in a completely different light. We will see if the village will jump on board with us. This can become a community project. We want to get as many people involved as possible,” he said.

Adduci said as a former superintendent in Weathersfield and Niles he is familiar with what is involved with construction of complexes.

“I want to bring that knowledge here to Newton Falls to help plan for a new athletic complex. We are planning for a three- to four-year program. We are ready to roll with this,” Adduci said.

He said officials have spoken to local banks and firms about financing for the complex.

Elementary Principal Justin Christopher said many schools doing projects do lease-purchase agreement.

The district would first seek requests for qualifications and then seek bids to be reviewed by a school committee.

Adduci said he would like to see a victory bell in the stadium,

“This will be a forever facility where, when done, the community will go ‘Wow,’ he said.

Board member Teresa Oakes said the complex will be one “that is a long time coming and can bring the community together.”

Adduci said he wants the complex to be available to the community for walking and adult training classes, wellness classes, and also for rent.

In other business, the board will have Lewis Construction do emergency repair work for $121,850 on the elementary school gymnasium roof, which had leaking during recent heavy rainfall.

Adduci said company officials came to the school to evaluate the roof and what needs to be replaced and repaired to stop the water from coming through and getting into the gym.

“This was an emergency situation so I moved forward to contact the company. We had walls full of water that need to be mitigated. They recommend replacing the roof,” Adduci said.

Officials said to prevent further damage to the building and equipment work needs to be done as soon as possible.

He said a black rubber roof is recommended for the roof, which will have a 15-year warranty.

Adduci said pandemic relief funds can be used for the project.

Adduci said he was informed by company officials that the faulty architectural design of the school roof over the gymnasium is why there have been some issues. Plans are to change the downspouts to redirect how the water comes off the roof to where it will drain.

Officials said A to Z Company will clean the gutters and downspouts. Adduci said trees at the school property also were trimmed back so less debris gets into the gutters.

Work is scheduled to begin this week.

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