As of Friday, December 19, 2014
Even though the Sunnyside School District’s athletic levy went down to defeat in last month’s General Election, the district still needs to deal with pressing issues with its facilities for student-athletes.
One problem is the district’s softball fields. In an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, which stems from a complaint filed earlier this year, the district will assess the softball facilities, to determine what disparities, if any, exist between facilities for the girls softball and boys baseball teams.
The district will also develop a plan to replace the facility once the construction on the new Washington Elementary School begins in June of next year. The plan for the replacement of the softball fields needs to be in place by Feb. 15, 2015.
According to the agreement with the Office for Civil Rights, the new softball facility must give athletes access to locker rooms, provide spectators with seating, and feature an announcer’s box, dugouts, protective fencing, warm-up areas, concessions, storage areas, restrooms and other amenities that the baseball field already has.
In addition to problems with the district’s softball facilities, the high school track also needs to be replaced or repaired. To that end, a contractor was asked to estimate the costs associated with both options.
The contractor, Renegade Sports Surfacing, determined the base asphalt of the track needs to be replaced. Although the track can be repaired, the repairs won’t come with a warranty and the shelf life for the repaired track would only be between six months and two years.
The estimate to replace the track is between $350,000 and $450,000. The short term repairs would cost more than $35,000.
The Sunnyside School Board put the estimate on record at its Wednesday night meeting earlier this week, as it prepares to make decisions on how to upgrade the district’s student athletic facilities in the near future.