EAST LIVERPOOL - A recommendation on this week's school board agenda prompted more discussion on a new softball field at Thompson Park and its feasibility to the district's needs.
Superintendent James Herring presented a resolution to partner with the park board to maintain and winterize the field, with each party paying half the cost.
Board member Richard Wolf said it was his understanding the grass infield was going to be removed, saying it is not a regulation field, but board member Bob Estell said, "It is regulation. It is uncommon, but it is regulation."
He said the park board has no problem removing the grass, if that is what the school board wants done, but said discussion at a recent meeting between the two boards indicated they first want to see if other athletic teams might want it with the grass intact.
"If they don't, then the grass can be removed," Estell said. "The park board said they want this to work. It's probably a good possibility (the grass will be removed)."
Board member Scott Dieringer clarified that the girls softball team did not use the new field this season not because it didn't meet regulations, but because it wasn't ready when the season began.
Herring agreed to provide board members with Ohio High School Athletic Association regulations pertaining to softball fields to reiterate the fact that the grassy infield, while uncommon, does meet regulations.
He apprised the board that the park board had informed him during the recent meeting that plans call for having dugouts done by next spring's season but that plans do not call for installing fence around them as originally thought.
"I told them if we don't have dugouts, we can't play there," Herring said.
With Wolf opposed, the board approved the resolution for winterizing the field.
In other facility-related matters, the board voted to complete payment for adds and deducts for the Patterson Field project, with Treasurer Todd Puster saying the final cost for the project was $1.4 million.
The board heard a presentation on the district's career/tech program which offers 13 courses with 230 students enrolled.
Ed Adamson reported on the construction class, which recently completed renovation on a house and installation of a roof on the Alumni Clock Tower and which is now remodeling the lower classrooms in the Westgate complex.
Adamson said the students learn not only skills but work ethic, mature, responsible behavior and confidence.
Board member Larry Walton commended Adamson on the students' conduct and appearance while working on the clock tower, which he said had been remarked upon by those who saw them working on the project.
Among personnel matters approved were the resignations of intervention specialist Marion Hitchcock, with 35 years of service and bus driver Kenneth Rudy, with two years of service.
Joseph Davis was hired as bowling coach and Donald Scott Rogers as assistant varsity boys basketball coach.