Several construction delays at the new soccer field and track complex
on the Wayne County campus means that is it likely games won't be
played there this fall as originally planned.
During a meeting held on Tuesday, July 9, Wayne County school board
members were updated about some of the problems that have been
encountered during recent construction at the site.
Superintendent Wayne Roberts said plans were to seed the site but
stumbling blocks have prevented that from happening so far.
There was also a discussion regarding using sod on the field. Roberts
said he had met with soccer coaches last week and the plan is to sow
grass this fall.
Other issues have arisen regarding the construction, including water
which flooded portions of the campus including the middle school
during a heavy rainfall.
Engineers have been taking another look at the way they are routing
Currently, all excess water is routed to the eastern part of the
campus, under Main Street and into the creek.
Roberts said that engineers are recommending that the water from the
soccer field and track area be routed to the western portion of the
The board approved a $130,000 change order for the project so
additional underground work can be done to solve the drainage problem.
Roberts also updated board members regarding the ongoing negotiations
with the two contractors who submitted bids for the track and soccer
Board members agreed during last month's meeting that both bids were
higher than anticipated and authorized Roberts to enter competitive
negotiations with the companies to get the project down to a more
During last week's meeting, he said it appears that the electrical
portion of the project seems to be causing the inflated prices at this
While the project does not include actually installing lights at the
field, it does include laying conduit and preparing for lighting which
could be installed later.
Roberts plans to meet with the low bidder for the project this week
to continue negotiations. He said if it is necessary school officials
could award individual packages to subcontractors and actually
coordinate the entire project. He will bring more specific details
back to the board later.
Also during the meeting, the board reviewed and discussed House Bill
11, which basically prohibits the use of all tobacco products and
vaping products on campus. Roberts explained that KSBA has already
included this in policies for school districts, and it is state law.
The only decision that the board could make in regard to the policy
is whether to enact it now or wait until July 1, 2020 to make it
effective. The board opted to wait until next year, which would allow
employees to prepare for the change.
In other action, the board:
• Approved new graduation requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond.
• Agreed to pay alt32 $13,577.75 for professional services for the
new Wayne County Area Career and Technology Center.
• Approved a pay application in the amount of $438,061 for the ATC project.
• Declared several buses as salvage property.