The actions taken at the meeting echoed two of the biggest concerns raised by School Athletic Director Jim Perrin when he spoke to the school board at its Thursday, Jan. 8, meeting. He had also suggested that the lighting and scoreboard at Perdue field should be replaced, as should the press box.
Director of Operations and Vocational Principal Matt Ladd and Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis talked about the need to replace the visitors side bleachers and the laser grading and re-sprigging the grass on Purdue Field.
“Something that’s no surprise is that our bleachers … need some major attention,” McGinnis said.
While the school could reinforce the current bleachers, there would still be issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to McGinnis.
The school board voted unanimously to allow McGinnis to accept bids for building the visitors bleachers. The new bleachers will have seats for 554 people, including eight wheelchair seats and eight companion seats, said Ladd. The bids will open at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the school central office.
The bleachers might be made higher in order to make them more user friendly, but because of the wheelchair ramp they won’t be able to raise the bleachers too high, according to Ladd.
Ladd brought a sample bleacher to the board meeting to show people what the new bleachers look like, and said the design would allow for underneath storage, adding that the old bleachers would be recycled in order to save on costs.
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)