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New Mathews athletic complex sees progress

VIENNA — The old press box and bleachers at the Mathews Local School District athletic complex have been demolished and work has begun on extensive improvements at the site.

Workers with Omerzo Construction were at the site Wednesday removing what was left of the building and bleachers as plans are to begin work on a new athletic complex.

Superintendent Russell McQuaide said a groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. June 4.

“While the project has already begun, the groundbreaking is symbolic of what is being planned at the location. We are anticipating new bleachers for our first home football game and the press box shortly after,” McQuaide said.

Work is being done by Dant Clayton Stadium Seating at $324,409, which includes installing new stands to accommodate 500 spectators. AVG Architects of Westlake has done the project design.

McQuaide said work will begin soon on the visitors’ side bleachers.

“We will see how the project goes over the summer. We expect to have the stands in by the first game. I have talked to other schools in case we have to change the football schedule if we have to play at the other school’s location,” McQuaide said.

The first football game is Aug. 27. The new bleachers will be installed in early August. The press box is scheduled to arrive in late August.

Electrical installation also will be done this summer. Ohio Edison was approved at $6,411 for service to the stadium.

McQuaide said the old bleachers date to the late 1960s.

SoundCom Systems is providing a new sound system at $52,171, and Musco Sports Lights is approved for $366,618 for lighting.

Officials have said the district has various funding sources available, including $1.65 million in permanent improvement money, a $300,000 donation from the Cafaro Foundation and pandemic relief funds.

In other business, work has begun to move sixth-grade classrooms from Baker Elementary to the high school for the 2022-23 year.

McQuaide said some shifting has been done at the high school

He said while sixth-grade teachers are moving items to the high school, Baker is getting updated restrooms this summer.

Work at the high school has included new graphic door coverings at the high school, and new LED lighting and a new scoreboard in the gymnasium.

In other action at the May 18 meeting, the board:

• Approved $10,000 for strategic planning to be paid by the Ohio School Boards Association and $2,000 for travel and mileage for two consultants;

• Took the first step to have the county auditor’s office determine the exact millage for renewing a 2-mill tax levy for renovating and improving school facilities;

• Approved the consultant contract with Nutrition Inc. at $1,125 per month for the food service program through June 2023;

• Accepted the retirement resignation of Nancy Krygowski, Currie Elementary assistant principal, effective June 1;

• Accepted a donation of 50 black metal-framed chairs and two metal bookshelves from the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library;

• Approved George Garrett as esports coach at $3,383.

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