The football stadium will be getting a bit of a facelift now that the Chardon Board of Education agreed on Monday to replace the turf this spring that has been in place for more than a decade and update the visitor bleachers down the road.

The board also mapped future plans by allocating funds for Chromebooks for students and buildings repairs.

In regard to the high school football field, the board approved a resolution to enter into a contract with Field Turf, Inc.for $494,575 for new turf at the Chardon High School playing field.

While the district has set aside funds for replacement, the purpose of the lease agreement is to take advantage of three years of no interest financing on the project allowing the board to control those funds during that time, officials explained.

“The replacement process will begin in the spring as soon as all activities at the complex are completed,” said Assistant Superintendent Edward T. Klein. “The last time the field turf was replaced was 2008.”

Board members also approved a district capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2021-2023 which includes funds allocated in 2021 for Chromebooks for the district in the amount of $190,000 and funding for roof replacement and renovations at Munson Elementary in the amount of $200,000.

In 2022, the plan calls for $1.7 million for roof replacement and renovations at Chardon High School and $200,000 for the visitor stadium bleachers, and in 2023 funding has been allocated for the Chardon Middle School window replacement in the amount of $300,000 and roof replacement in the amount of $950,000.

The district has a permanent improvement levy of 2.0 mills of revenue for the purpose of capital improvements.

“It certainly has been a road we have been navigating with the wind at our back,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Steven Kofol. “Hopefully we get to the finish line that we all can be happy with.”

In other business, board members approved numerous items including a revised agreement for intervention specialist services for Notre Dame Elementary with PSI Affiliates Inc. The board also approved an agreement between Chardon schools and Spire Institute and Academy to utilize the Aquatic Center at the Spire Institute Complex located in Geneva and approval of a college credit plus memorandum of understanding between Chardon schools and Kent State University.

 In an organizational meeting held prior to the regular meeting, board members named Madelon Horvath as board president and Karen Blankenship as vice president for one year.

The meeting was held virtually on Jan. 11. The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 16.

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