Foot­ball Field To Get Turf

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Dick­er­son

At its Aug. 9 meet­ing, the McDon­ald County R-1 School Dis­trict board of ed­u­ca­tion voted to in­stall turf on the foot­ball field.

The board hopes to have the work com­pleted by early March be­fore track sea­son be­gins. John Kelsh of Con­trolled Tech­nol­ogy So­lu­tions, which will be do­ing the work on the project, told the board the cost will be $1,058,983, and the price in­cludes mov­ing the long-jump pit, new goal posts and new soc­cer goals. The board also ap­proved an ad­di­tional $9,200 for red ac­cent marks at the 20-yard line and red shad­ows be­hind de­signs on the field. The turf will say “McDon­ald County” in both end zones and have a Mus­tang in the mid­dle. The field will have an eight-year war­ranty.

The board also dis­cussed sell­ing ads on the field. Kelsh said each ad would cost $4,000 to make. They could be added to the field at any time. Board mem­bers had some con­cerns about the field look­ing too clut­tered with ads but ul­ti­mately de­cided to ap­prove sell­ing

ads on the field.

Re­gard­ing the progress of the ath­letic sports com­plex, the board voted to add to the pric­ing and de­sign a con­ces­sion stand and a mez­za­nine, or a look­out area.

Ath­letic di­rec­tor Bo Ber­gen pro­posed cut­ting the school dis­trict’s drug test­ing in half. He said the dis­trict has been drug test­ing for two years. The com­pany that does the test­ing ran­domly se­lects stu­dents ev­ery two weeks. They test 50 stu­dents per month at a cost of $22 per test, adding up to $15,610 per year, he said.

“We’ve had zero failed tests in two years of do­ing it. Sta­tis­ti­cally, that tells me we don’t have a drug prob­lem,” he said.

He sug­gested cut­ting the test­ing in half, which would bring the cost down to about $7,700.

School board pres­i­dent Scott Goldstein said, “Part of this is about be­ing a de­ter­rent. I would rather keep it where it is.”

He said $7,700 is “pen­nies” com­pared to other ex­pen­di­tures the board has made.

Board trea­surer Chris Smith said cut­ting the test­ing in half would still be enough to be a de­ter­rent.

The board voted to cut drug test­ing in half.

As­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Angie Brewer pre­sented the board with the stipend rate for teach­ers who work after school tu­tor­ing stu­dents. The rate is $25 per hour, which matches sum­mer school, she said. Upon learn­ing this was the third time for this rate to be brought to them, board mem­bers wanted to in­crease the rate. They agreed the fi­nance com­mit­tee would meet to con­sider an in­crease.

Brewer also pre­sented the board with a pol­icy re­gard­ing dual credit classes. The board de­cided last year to pay tuition for dual credit classes and to re­visit the is­sue this year.

Goldstein said, “In the best in­ter­est of the kids, I think this is money well spent.”

The board ap­proved con­tin­u­ing to pay tuition for dual credit classes.

“We’ve had zero failed tests in two years of do­ing it. Sta­tis­ti­cally, that tells me we don’t have a drug prob­lem.” Bo Ber­gen MCHS Ath­letic Di­rec­tor

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