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09-24-03: Boosters plan to spend $400,000 on Coldwater athletic facilities


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, he said.
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 said.
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 you’re doing.”
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, Seas said.
“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 costs.
• 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).


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