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NLS takes action to improve sports facilities

NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer School Board voted Monday to sell $585,000 in general obligation facilities maintenance bonds to finance the replacement of the running track and approved a contract to design, bid and build a new bus road and synthetic football field estimated at $1.2 million.

The maintenance bonds will be sold March 27 to pay for the track replacement, which has been on the district's to-do list for years.

A portion of the maintenance funds the district receives from the state will be used to pay interest on the bonds.

The "stadium project" includes upgrading the grass football field to synthetic turf, building a one-way bus road between the elementary and middle school buildings and possibly developing a cement plaza between the new gym and football field for a tailgate area.

The board approved a $73,000 contract with DeVetter Design Group to design, bid and build the stadium project.

DeVetter is the same company that's coordinating construction of the district's new performing arts and gym addition that is underway.

The stadium project is expected to be bid in March, and if the bids are favorable, construction could begin by the middle of May.

Superintendent Paul Carlson said the board has been warned that the initial estimate for building the bus road between the elementary school and middle school could be higher than initially thought but the true figures won't be known until bids are submitted.

"The process is going well," Carlson said.

The stadium project would be constructed using a lease levy.

Part of the decision to replace the existing grass field with synthetic turf was based on opportunities for adding new sports, such as lacrosse.

In response to parents' requests, the board voted to ask the ROCORI school district to consider a cooperative agreement with NLS for lacrosse.

The action must be approved by school boards from both districts.

There are many spring sports offered at NLS, but Carlson said the board agreed to take action that could provide students with another sport option.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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