JCSD1 Board Seeking State Funding For BHS Stadium Repairs

Johnson County School Board
Johnson County School Board

The Board of Trustees for Johnson County School District 1 have approved the district to seek state funding for repairs to or replacement of the track at Buffalo High School, and will also look into collecting engineering data for the facility.

According to discussions at their meeting this week, the track has not been resurfaced since the facility was built in 2006, and it is showing signs of wear and tear, and damage from weather.
The district is looking at repair or replacement of the track surface.

Additionally, the surface of the football field within the track is natural grass and has drainage issues, along with deterioration from lack of maintenance which is prompting the district to look at the possibility of upgrading to a high-tech artificial surface that will better handle drainage issues and stand up to weather better than grass.
Another option would be to keep the natural grass field and work to improve the surface.

Both projects are estimated to cost about $2 million to replace, but are being submitted separately for possible funding.

The board voted at last month's meeting to have the district pursue funding for the football field from the School Facilities Commission to see what the state might award in funding before they make a decision on repair or replacement.

At this week's meeting the board approved Superintendent Jim Wagner and staff to obtain engineering designs and the “As Built” report for the football field and the track from the engineers that built the facility, and to proceed with an application for state funding for the track through the state's Major Maintenance Fund for school facilities.

Again the board will make a decision on repair or replacement of the track once they know what the state will fund on the project.


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