Renovations underway at Salem stadium, schools

The home press box at Reilly Stadium will be renovated this summer. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

SALEM — The Salem school board is moving forward with renovations at Reilly Stadium this summer.

The school board recently approved contracts with J Herbert Construction for $109,700 for a visitor side press box and with Brock Builders for $238,795 for the home side grandstand walkway.

Maintenance Supervisor Jason Austin told the board the projects will include the addition of a press box on the visitor’s side that will encompass three areas on the upper level and one on the lower level, plus a filming deck on the roof. The home press box will get a renovation that includes new paint, floors and counters.

Austin said the projects will also address the drainage issue that causes flooding resulting in the deterioration of the ground against the fence. He said new drainage will be installed along the front of the bleachers and the concrete along the length of the grandstand will be replaced. The railing facing the field will also be replaced with a fence, which is easier to see through, and the fencing that divides the home and visitor stands will be replaced.

In response to a question from board President LuAnn Haddad regarding when the drainage issue began, Austin said it predated the turf renovations. The down spouts never led into the main drain, he said, but now any water that comes down from the stands will be led out of the area.

According to Austin, other permanent improvement projects include repairing the asphalt at the drop off at Buckeye Elementary and concrete issues as Southeast Elementary; sealing and repairing all elementary parking lots; and changing the flooring in the four kindergarten rooms at Buckeye Elementary from carpet to tile.

Also at the meeting, High School Principal Sean Kirkland reported the permanent improvement projects at the junior/senior high school include painting the gymnasium including ceiling, rafters, walls, which is expected to be complete by the end of this week; replacing the carpet in the band and choir rooms to match that being installed in the library; and sealing the floors and installing LED lighting in the hallways.

The projects will lead into an extensive library and courtyard renovation project also underway this summer, Kirkland said.

khowell@salemnews.net

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