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Turf at Leetonia stadium won’t be ready for start of football

LEETONIA – The new turf at the stadium will not be ready for the opening of the football season as hoped.

Schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham reported this week the new synthetic turf will not arrive until Aug. 10 or 11, nearly a week later than originally estimated. It will require 15 to 20 days to install, pushing it beyond the first home football game Aug. 20, he said.

Dunham said the game is tentatively scheduled to be played at Sebo Stadium in Salem.

The field should be ready for the school’s second home game Sept. 10, Dunham said.

According to information previously released by Dunham, the project is part of the overall sports complex phased improvement plan initiated in 2004. The district has seen a variety of improvement at the stadium since 2004 in terms of bleachers, lighting, press box, locker room, concession stand, etc.

The board hired Less Contracting for construction of the drainage base for $153,000 and Astroturf Corp. for construction of the synthetic turf for $327,050. The cost of project is being included in the district’s current loan payments for the construction of the stadium in 2004.

In other business, the board approved a one-year agreement with REDZONE Behavioral Health

Services to provide a comprehensive approach to behavioral modification and change for grades K-12. The services provided will be at no cost to the district.

The board also authorized Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council & OME-RESA to advertise and receive bids for the cooperative purchase of a school bus and suspended the eligibility requirement for student participation in athletic and extra-curricular activities for the first grading period of 2021-2022 to instead use a bi-monthly grade report.

Additionally the board accepted donations of $15,000 from EFCC LLC for the Stadium Project, $200 from Humtown for the Stadium Project, $100 from Jay P and Connie Frenger in memory of Larry Duko for the Food Pantry, $200 from Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Yuhaniak for the Food Pantry and $150 from Steel Valley Naturals for the Athletic Fund.

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