District accepting bids for athletic field project

There’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes activity this year since district residents approved a proposal to repair and restore the baseball and soccer fields located within the athletic fields behind Liberty High School.

Architects from Ashley McGraw– along with Director of Facilities and Operations Steve Lewis and Interim School Business Official Frank Ruggiero – have prepared and submitted the courts’ plans and specifications, which were approved by the New York State Education Department in mid-April.

The scope of the project includes the following components:

  • Replace and install four sets of exterior doors at the high school;
  • Replace the two failed existing drain lines at the field;
  • Core, aerate and top dress the existing fields; and
  • Add perimeter drainage around the baseball, soccer and softball fields.

The cost of the project will be funded fully from Capital Reserve funds which are to be used for this type of work. There will be no increase in taxes to local property owners and we will receive approximately 82 percent in building aid back from New York State Education Department.

The Liberty Central School District will now begin soliciting bids for the athletic field project and its exterior door modifications. All bids are due on May 29 by 3:30 p.m.  The winning bid will be announced within two weeks of the deadline.  The invitation is also available in the Sullivan County Democrat, Times Herald Records and local trade journals.

Surfacing is expected to begin eight weeks after the bid is awarded. It is anticipated that construction will begin near the end of summer, continue through fall and may be ready for play by spring, depending on how quickly the field grows.

More information will be posted to the district website as it becomes available.