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Brainerd School Board: Improvements to athletic site move forward

The Brainerd School District is one step closer in making improvements to its lower athletic site — which includes the football field, track field and tennis courts located behind the Brainerd High School.

However, its going to cost about $140,000 more than estimated, bringing the total estimated cost of the project to $3.15 million.

Steve Lund, Brainerd Schools director of business services, told the Brainerd School Board Thursday that the initial estimate was lower than projected because construction costs are increasing. Lund said the district, which plans to pay for the project through its capital funds, will be able to add the amount to its lease levy.

The athletic site, which was originally built in 1975, also serves as a drainage area and has only seen routine maintenance and repairs since it was built. The improvements, which include a synthetic turf, is expected to be completed for the 2014-15 school year.

The board awarded the base bid for the project Thursday to the lowest bidder, Peterson Companies, Inc., of Chisago City. Peterson’s base bid is $2.74 million. Two other companies awarded bid proposals are were Duinincik, Inc, Prinsburg and Landwehr Construction, Inc., St. Cloud.

The base bid includes the lowest price/quality of the products that may be used for the project. For instance, cost varies on materials the district will use for a new turf field. The board agreed to stay with the turf in the base bid, which is called Revolution Turf.

The board voted on adding a second pole vaulting area to the site for a cost of $24,000.

Superintendent Steve Razidlo said when meeting with the coaches, the administration learned that a second pole vaulting site would be a good investment to make Brainerd a more appealing site to host more track and field meets. Razidlo said a second site also will help speed up meets, as the pole vaulting event takes the longest.

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