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Freeport mulls athletic field options

| Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:16 a.m

The Freeport Area School Board will soon be choosing between several proposals for a new baseball and softball field near the new middle school.

Tom Durkin from VEBH Architects of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night presented three options for the fields, which range from $1.2 million to $2.4 million total cost for both fields.

A decision on the scope of the project is expected Jan. 14.

The options:

• All-natural grass fields: baseball $733,000; softball $508,000.

• All-synthetic turf infield and outfield: baseball $1.23 million; softball $760,000.

• Synthetic infield and grass outfield: $870,000; softball $568,200.

There are certain costs that can be sliced from one or both fields, such as a public address system of $7,500 for each field and $15,000 to eliminate a stone warning track on the baseball field.

School board member Frank Prazenica said the board’s athletic committee and the administration should meet and identify a project scope.

“We need to be cognizant and sensitive as to how we spend the taxpayers’ money,” Prazenica said.

Drawings should be submitted by February and contracts could be awarded around mid-May, according to the timeline submitted by Durkin.

Construction should begin by June 1, and the project would take about three to four months.

The goal is to have the fields ready for play in spring 2017.

The baseball team will play a final season this school year at Swartz Memorial Stadium in downtown Freeport, and the softball team will play at one of the Little League fields at Freeport Community Park.

Board reorganizes

Dan Lucovich was again elected school board president. Barbara Toy-Gaydos is first vice president, and Prazenica will be second vice president.

Dr. John Marty will be the district’s liaison to the Lenape Vo-Tech Joint Operating Committee, and Melanie Bollinger will be the district’s legislative representative.

“I’d like to bridge any gap with legislators and form a good working relationship with them,” said Bollinger, who was sworn in Wednesday.

Lynne Foltz of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association said a plaque will be issued in February to Michael Huth for his 24 years on the school board, Toy-Gaydos for her 20 years and Prazenica for his eight years.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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