By TIMOTHY COX
COLDWATER — The athletic facilities at Coldwater Exempted
Village Schools are targeted for more than $400,000 in improvements
and upgrades during the next few years, athletic boosters told
board of education members Tuesday.
Athletic booster club President Mark Riegelsperger unveiled
a five-year plan for upgrading athletic facilities. The various
projects would be paid for from the club’s existing $45,000
annual budget and from some new fund-raisers for specific projects,
The crown jewel of the new improvements would be a multi-purpose
indoor training facility. Estimated at $300,000 at current costs,
the facility is tentatively scheduled to be built in 2008 near
the Cav building at the football stadium. Club members would
like to see a building that could house the locker rooms for
varsity football, year-round batting cages for baseball practice
and indoor training area for wrestling, golf, cheerleading and
virtually any other team that would want to train there, Riegelsperger
Booster club members plan to begin saving for the building at
the beginning of next year, he said.
Other potential upgrades include a new press box on the visitors’
side of the football field. The existing box is becoming cramped
with media and coaches, Riegelsperger estimated the press box
would cost about $20,000. Booster club members also are interested
in revamping and dressing up the main entrance to the football
field and plan to create a new concessions room in the high
school commons area. They also are looking at adding $18,500
in new bleachers to try to encourage youth who gather near one
of the endzones to sit down.
“Marvelous job,” board member Floyd Winner told
the boosters. “I’m glad to see you doing the work
The band and academic boosters also talked with school board
members about their budgets and plans for the school year. The
three booster organizations also talked about the need to communicate
among one another regarding fund-raising activities so that
two groups aren’t soliciting money at the same time.
In other business Tuesday, Superintendent Rich Seas announced
a community meeting to unveil the preliminary design of the
$30.5 million construction and renovation project is set for
Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the high school commons area. Architects
from Fanning/Howey Associates will be on hand to discuss the
design phase and answer any questions.
Seas said designers still are struggling to work out the logistics
of spending more than two years on the site while school continues
for students. Students are to be shuffled among different classrooms
and the rented Franklin building in Montezuma in order to allow
contractors to add 25,000-square-feet of classroom space and
make other renovations. But designers still are stumped on how
they will arrange students for the final leg of construction,
“It’s the year of confusion,” Seas said.
In other business Tuesday, board members:
• Agreed to purchase vision services from the Logan County
Educational Service Center for $3,991.
• Agreed to pay $9,466 to Josten’s for yearbook
• Approved the list of students for transportation to
Tri Star Career Compact programs.
• Approved 20-day extended contracts for Doug Beck (horticulture)
and Jack Mescher (ag mechanics).