Superior school board poised to approve new athletic complexThe dream of a new athletic complex at Superior High School moved a step closer to reality at the Superior School Board Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
The dream of a new athletic complex at Superior High School moved a step closer to reality at the Superior School Board Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. Board members voted to move plans for the approximately $4 million project to Tuesday’s regular board meeting for approval. District Administrator Janna Stevens said she didn’t expect any changes to the project, which has unanimous support from school board members.
The new athletic campus would include a football field, a full baseball complex and space for soccer games as well as track and field and cross country meets. If approved Tuesday, construction would begin in the spring of 2014. The new sport venue would be open by August of 2014. The project would be funded through a combination of two funds earmarked specifically for capital projects.
Although a formal group began meeting about a year ago to push the project forward, the idea of building an athletic complex at the school has been a dream for 23 years. In 1990, the first committee was put together to look at what could be done to build a football field to use in place of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Ole Haugsrud Field. But committee members retired or passed away and the idea was shelved. In 2000, board members tried to restart the project and it was looked at again in 2009, Stevens said. About a year ago, a formal group started to meet to move the project forward. Their goal, Stevens said, was not to put any financial burden on the taxpayers.
About $2.8 million for the project would come from Fund 41, which was established in the early 1980s when the district separated from the city and became independent. At that time, the school board invested funds they received from the city. By the time the investment matured in the 2004-2005 school year, the amount was $6.4 million. School board members passed a resolution that the principle would remain untouched, and interest from the fund could only be used for capital projects.
“We want to make sure people know we are using the fund as it was intended to be used,” Stevens said.
Additional funding for the project would come from the old building fund, money accumulated from the sale of old equipment and buildings. The cost for upkeep of the new facility would be fairly close to the amount the district currently pays to use other fields for sporting events, Stevens said.
The board will vote whether to approve the building project during Tuesday’s meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the school district administration offices, 3025 Tower Ave.