October 6, 2012 • Athletic Administration

Starting from scratch

Deconstructing The Streetsboro Project

Streetsboro High School in Ohio is in the middle of a two-part renovation of its football and track stadium. The school received total support from the community and the school board to receive an operating tax levy for capital improvements, which includes the following renovations:

  • Bleachers and press box: $330,000
  • Eight-lane track: More than $200,000
  • Sod: $50,000 • Weight room expansion: $28,000 (Home Depot grant)
  • Scoreboard: No out-of-pocket cost through agreement with Side Effects

Phase one of the project includes the new field and bleachers with an upgraded press box. The second phase, expected to begin this spring, includes the track and upgraded lighting.

The condition of the stadium was “deplorable” and not what officials felt was adequate for a school district with about 2,200 students. The football field flooded last year and the track is compacted dirt.

Here is what school officials say you should consider when undertaking a project of this magnitude:

“I wish we could have had an engineer or architect involved earlier. Some of the issues that come up like the ADA, they would have known earlier. It’s good to get those folks involved when they do this on a regular basis.” – Randy Tevepaugh, athletic director

“Back up your needs with evidence as far as consultants, bring in your insurance company as far as loss prevention needs. … And generate a permanent improvements type of levy.” – Jim Washinski, supervisor of maintenance

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