Elmwood complex over budget
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:55
JERRY CITY - The $1.5 million athletic complex being constructed by the Elmwood School District is coming in over budget.
The Board of Education on Monday approved an additional $23,200 transfer from its general fund to the complex renovation fund.
The latest transfer makes expenditures for the project about $115,000 over budget.
Superintendent Tony Borton said the increases have resulted primarily from new electric lines that had to be run, "bad soil" and installation of the new scoreboard.
Two problem areas for bad soil were beneath the former home and away stands. Crews ended up having to dig deeper in order to support the cement being poured, Borton said.
"We soil-tested and where we tested was good soil," but in other places, like under the bleachers, the soil was bad for pouring concrete, Borton said.
The athletic complex renovation fund was given a boost, however, after the district sold its former stadium lights to the village of Wayne to be used at its ball fields.
The lights were sold to Wayne for $4,500.
Board members and administrators also had discussions at Monday's meeting over the color coating of the track and an area of grass between the perimeter fence and track.
Borton asked for guidance in selecting a black or red-orange coating for the track. Board members were split in their opinion over the colors, but expressed concern over fading with the red-orange coating.
The life expectancy for the coating, Borton said, is 15 to 20 years.
There was also discussion over whether to pave the area of grass between the fence and track to reduce the cost of upkeep.
However, when exploring the cost to lay asphalt, Borton said costs were prohibitive.
Multiple board members expressed the need to move the project forward as opposed to changing the design plan which calls for grass.
"I think we have already spent over enough," said Trent Snowden, board member.
Also at the meeting, the board approved its five-year financial forecast.
At the end of fiscal year 2012 in June, the district will have an anticipated carry-over over $6.5 million.
Treasurer LuAnn Vanek said she expects the district will have to start dipping in to some of its carryover. This, she said, is because expenses are expected to exceed revenues with state funding declining.
The projected carryover at the end of fiscal year 2013 is $6.1 million with a continued decline through fiscal year 2016 with a projected carryover of $3.9 million.
"Every effort will continue to be made to contain costs and hopefully the new state funding formula will give us some relief," Vanek wrote in her forecast report.