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Deer Lakes football stadium turf repaired under budget

| Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, 12:27 a.m.

The Deer Lakes High School football stadium turf has been repaired, with the project wrapping up under budget.

Last school year, district officials raised safety concerns after a student was hurt on the concrete lip that stuck up from a stadium drain, in an area where the turf is supposed to be level.

Monday the school board approved a final payment of $24,000 to HHSDR Architects for the turf repair.

Overall the district paid about $68,000 for HHSDR Architects to repair the turf — about $3,000 less than anticipated.

In other action:

• The district will rebid the contract for high school auditorium damage caused by a roof leak.

District officials expected to pay about $40,000 to fix the ceiling and 85 chairs, but bids came in around $60,000.

“I believe it came in a little high,” said Garry Dixson, director of buildings, grounds and transportation.

• The school board approved the after-school tutoring program at East Union Intermediate Center utlitizing high school students. The six-week program will cost $450. High school students will receive a letter of involvement that can be sued when applying for scholarships. All students participating in the program are responsible for providing their own transportation home.

• An additional guideline for the Pay to Play policy was approved by the board Monday. The guideline provides for a situation when a student-athlete is injured prior to the official practice start date deemed by the PIAA term season and the participation fee is paid, the fee will be reimbursed since the student cannot participate for the season.

Sarah Kovash is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Comments regarding this story can be sent to vndcity@tribweb.com. Staff writer Tom Yerace contributed to this story.

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