By Heather Mullinix
The Cumberland County Board of Education will soon have detailed information on the needs of the Cumberland County High School stadium.
Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle told the board funds were available to cover the cost of a civil engineering company to evaluate the stadium.
"I can certainly do that with what you've allotted for me for consulting fees so that I can have educated information to give you during budget time," VanWinkle said.
Sandy Brewer, 3rd District representative, said, "I want to be told if its feasible to fix the stadium up or if its something where we're just putting water into a bottomless bucket."
The building and grounds committee had previously discussed asking the board to approve an evaluation of the stadium, but VanWinkle said it would not be necessary as funds are already budgeted for such needs. Cost is estimated at $1,200 and she expects a report to be completed in a month.
Dan Schlafer, 9th District representative, said, "The stadium is in much better shape than it was in the '90s. There's a new press box and a lot of things that weren't there before. That's not to say it's in great shape, but it is way better than it was. The new field house makes a huge difference."
VanWinkle said the school system knew the dressing facilities and weight room needed to be replaced and did so with construction of a new field house some years back. Only the lobby, bathrooms and concessions area are used by the public.
"The rest is not public use," she said. "There is storage under the bleachers and the Glitter Queens keep decorations there. There was a plumbing problem with the pump. We did extensive work on the plumbing two years ago to straighten things out. Handrails have been replaced and drainage rerouted. There have been some things done to help that building.
Brewer said she had received calls from boosters about possible electrical problems in the lobby and concessions area. She wanted to know if additional repairs would extend the stadium's life. VanWinkle said she was not aware of any work orders regarding wiring needs at the facility.
The stadium did have a structural study conducted about 10 years ago that found it was not in danger of collapse. That was done as a courtesy while the company was evaluating another school facility and, as such, there is no written report, VanWinkle said. The new study will provide the board with written information on the facility's needs.
"It could be that we need to renovate the bathrooms and we know it needs to be cleaned up," VanWinkle said. "This will give us a good idea."
Janet Graham, principal of CCHS, said the stadium was unique among high school campuses in the state.
"If it's unsound, it's unsound. If it is feasible to keep it, it is kind of an icon in the community," Graham said.
In other business, the board:
•approved first reading of a change to the workers' compensation policy that requires substance abuse screening with a hair follicle test if the initial screening for medical care following an accident occurs more than 72 hours after the incident;
•approved first reading of a change to the elementary promotion and retention policy that states the principal will review and approve decisions to promote students to the next grade level;
•approved the first reading of a change to the ADA grievance procedures policy to include the grievance procedure steps;
•approved second and final reading of changes to the emergency preparedness plan policy, emergency plans and crisis management policy, special use of school vehicles policy, food service management policy and food service banquet.