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TIPP CITY - With the signing of a contract with Bruns General Contracting, work on phase one of the long-talked about stadium improvements can get underway at Tipp City Park.
The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education voted Feb. 26 to sign the contract with the Tipp City-based contractor after members received assurances that district taxpayer dollars would not be used for the stadium project.
"We are not looking to use taxpayer dollars for this facility," district Treasurer Dave Stevens said.
Money for the $4.9 million project is being raised privately by the nonprofit Tipp Pride Association.
Board members said they wanted it made clear that the board does not think the stadium project is more important than the district's school buildings.
The board is working on a facilities masterplan.
It held a community forum Feb. 20 to discuss possible renovations to the middle and intermediate schools while exploring options for a new prekindergarden through grade three building to replace the district's oldest buildings.
"There are no academic needs that won't be met because of this," Andrew Venters, board vice president, said of the stadium project.
Around $1.6 million had been committed to the stadium project at the time of contract approval.
A contract was needed so work on first phase one - preparation for and installation of the new stadium synthetic turf - could get underway.
The contract called for work to begin March 1 and substantially completed in August.
The most expensive part of phase one is the synthetic turf with shock pad that will replace the current natural field at a cost of just over $636,000.
Other work includes site cleaning and removals, storm water modifications, earthwork and concrete work.
JD Foust, district athletic director, said the new field was needed because the old one no longer was safe for the students.
Phase two work would include new bleachers, press box, concessions, scoreboard and other stadium features.
When that work will be done is not known, and depends on the fundraising efforts.
The current stadium was built in the 1940s.
The property is owned by the city and leased long-term to the schools.
More information on the Tipp Pride Association and its efforts is available at tipppride.com.
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