Deteriorating varsity football field to be replaced in Avon

Avon

By Rebecca Turman

The Avon High School varsity football field at Avon Middle School may soon have a facelift.

At last month’s Board of Education meeting, following an executive session, a resolution was approved to pay for the replacement of the football field.

“A timeline has not been determined,” Avon Local School District Treasurer Kent Zeman wrote in a recent e-mail.

The field could be replaced as soon as this summer or the upgrade could wait until next summer, “depending on many factors,” according to Zeman.

The current football field is eight years old, he said, noting that there was a “premature deterioration of the field.”

The district expected the field to hold up for at least 12 years, according to the resolution.

The company who installed the field, FieldTurf USA, in an “effort to resolve the pre-litigation dispute,” according to the resolution, has agreed to replace the field at a reduced cost.

Typically a total replacement would be $400,000, according to Zeman.

“The district’s total cost will be $295,000,” Zeman wrote, noting the athletic boosters may decide to cover the cost ($25,000) for a logo to be placed in the middle of the football field.

Whenever the district decides to move forward with the replacement, Zeman wrote, “no general-fund dollars will be utilized to replace the field.”

“We set up a field replacement fund when the field was installed to help cover the ‘future’ cost of replacement,” he wrote.

Today the fund has more than $100,000, he said.

“The field replacement funds are generated from a portion of building rental fees,” Zeman wrote. “Along with Permanent Improvement dollars, the district has sufficient funds to cover the cost without utilizing any General Fund dollars.”

 

Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

 

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