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.

Liberty voters approve facilities referendum

Liberty Central School District residents approved Tuesday, Dec. 5, a $560,000 capital project referendum that will repair and restore the baseball and soccer fields located within the athletic fields behind Liberty High School and carries no property tax increase.

Polls were open from noon to 9 p.m.

The proposal passed in a 111 to 28 vote.

The next steps in the process include a planning period and a State Education Department review.

Following state approval, renovation is expected to begin in spring 2018 and be complete by fall 2018 the work as soon as the warmer weather arrives.

“We are so grateful for our residents who came out to vote,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano said. “These renovations will greatly improve our facilities and provide our students and community members with safe playing fields for years to come.”

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.
Updates regarding the project will be posted to the district’s website, www.libertyk12.org.

Board approves facilities referendum; vote on Dec. 5

Playing on the Liberty High School’s athletic fields can be a bit of adventure.

Student-athletes sometimes slog through the wet outfield due to a lack of drainage. A kick to a soccer ball is usually accompanied by a splatter of mud.  

Come Dec. 5, that all has the potential to change.

During the public session at the Oct. 17 meeting, the Liberty Board of Education approved a $560,000 capital project referendum that will repair and restore the baseball and soccer fields located within the athletic fields behind Liberty High School.

Every quality program deserves quality facilities. The benefits of this project are many; the foremost is the safety of our players. The sport fields as they are now is not conducive to safe play.

The scope of the project includes the following components; the total referendum will be $560,000.

  • 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,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano said.

On Dec. 5, residents will decide whether to authorize the $560,000 building referendum to address the drainage issues at the fields.

The district’s hope is to have project approval by the State Education Department by the end of this winter (following the vote) and begin the work as soon as the warmer weather arrives.  We’d love to have the new fields ready for play by the fall of 2018, but that is dependent on the weather.

More information will be posted to our website, www.libertyk12.org, as it becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano at (845) 292-6990.

Board of Education postpones field complex discussion

The Liberty Board of Education has decided to postpone its discussion regarding the athletic field complex until more information is given regarding the projects scope and financial implications.

The date of the meeting has not yet been determined. More information will be made public as soon as it is available.

District considering fall facilities referendum

The Liberty School District is set to move forward with plans on how it will go about addressing the needs for its high school athletic field complex.

The district is considering a facilities referendum that, if approved by Liberty Board of Education members, could be scheduled for an October vote.

During its Aug. 22 meeting, the board is expected to discuss the scope of a capital project that would address the drainage and irrigation issues at the high school’s baseball and soccer fields.

More details about a potential field repair project will be presented at the next board of education meeting, which is set for Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s media center.

Facilities Committee recommends renovating field

Following several meetings of lengthy discussion and deliberation, the district’s facility committee recommended that the board consider repairing the district’s athletic field complex with a capital project that addresses the field’s poor irrigation system and uneven grounds.

The board will take a deeper look into the committee’s recommendations and hash out the projects’ details, including the scope, how it could be phased, and how to lessen its impact on students.

The earliest a public vote could occur is this fall.

More details about the recommended field repair project will be presented at the next board of education meeting, which is set for Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s media center.

Athletic field complex closed until further notice

Beginning Aug. 7, the baseball and soccer fields located behind Liberty High School will be closed off until further notice.

School might not be in session yet, but our buildings and grounds crew has been hard at work to make sure that our facilities are in shape for the coming year.  It saddens us to say that our baseball and soccer fields are not in playable conditions for our student-athletes or community members.

The district is currently making arrangements for off-site practice and will update our student-athletes by the start of the fall season on Aug. 14.  We appreciate your patience as we work toward addressing the lumps and bumps in our athletic fields.

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