OAKLAND CITY — The Wood Memorial High School baseball field will be getting a facelift after approval from the East Gibson school board Monday night.

Superintendent Henry Brewster reported that the baseball infield holds water when it rains and the school is often forced to cancel or reschedule games as a result.

Athletic Director Steve Kilian looked into options for fixing the field and received a quote from Tenbarge for $28,075. This would include laser grading the infield and installing new turf-type sod.

Brewster said they also asked that a track be installed in front of the dugouts and around the backstop to the other dugout. This would be an additional $3,400 and bring the total to $31,000.

"We also may run into, while we're at it, an issue with the watering system," Brewster said. "We want it to work, so we could go up to $35,000 for the renovation of the baseball field."

The board approved the use of up to $35,000 for renovations to the field.

"Once this infield is renovated it will be something to see, to say the least," Brewster said. "East Gibson should be very proud of it once it's completed."

Other business:

The board approved the 2020 Budget. The budget approval included Resolution 6: Rainy Day Transfer Resolution; Resolution 7: Resolution to Transfer Amounts from Education Fund to the Operations Fund; Resolution 8: Resolution to Adopt the Year 2020 Capital Projects Plan as directed by IC 20-40-18-6; Resolution 9: Resolution to Adopt the Year 2020 Bus Replacement Plan as directed by IC 20-40-18-9; Resolution 10: 2020 Budget Transfer Resolution; Resolution 11: Resolution for 2020 Budget Hearing; and Resolution 12: Resolution for Appropriations and Tax Rates.

A public hearing was held for the 2019-2020 bargaining session. The next will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 7 where Brewster hopes to be able to share a tentative agreement.

The next board meeting is at 7 p.m. Oct. 15.

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