Bleachers are on the way

Monday, October 15, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

Manila School Board accepted the low bid for bleachers at a special called meeting Monday evening.

Board members welcomed Tracey Reinhart, newly elected board member, before reviewing bids and a lengthy discussion on bleacher bids for the football field.

Superintendent Pam Castor distributed two bids submitted by M&M and CAS for elevated and non-elevated bleachers. Only one, CAS, included a bid for a press box.

The board has been working with a $244,475 budget allocated for the football field. Lights have been purchased and installed leaving approximately $130,000 in the budget. Bleachers, press box, concrete, and fencing are immediate needs. The district advertised for bids for bleachers to seat 540 and a press box.

Future plans are to add more bleachers as the budget allows.

The board was in agreement they would like to go ahead and have concrete poured for future seating as the budget allows. Their goal is to seat at least 1,000 to 1,200.

"If the concrete is all in, we will not have to be coming back every year and tearing up the field," Reinhart said.

CAS submitted the low bid for bleachers at $57,775. They also submitted a bid for an 8x24 foot press box at a cost of $20,000.

Board members also discussed fencing and the cost of concrete.

Board member Johnny McCain said he heard a lot of good comments on the football field from visitors during the peewee football games held on Saturday.

"We really do need to have a fence in place," McCain said.

McCain asked the board to consider adding a sport for the girls.

"I've been approached by several girls' parents and they want more sports' activities for their daughters," McCain said.

Castor said a survey will be done to get ideas on what the majority is interested in.

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