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Plainfield D-202 board approves East, North stadium renovations

Board approves FY17 budget

PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield District 202 board approved renovation work for the stadium fields and tracks at East and North high schools. 

At Monday’s meeting, the board unanimously approved awarding the bid for the renovations to Team Reil at the cost of about $1.8 million, to paid for by construction funds. 

District officials have been engaged in a two-phase project to install artificial turf at all four high schools. The project is estimated to cost about $6.5 million. 

Construction work at North and East is slated for next summer. 

The board has approved purchase for video displays for the athletic stadiums, as well as surveillance and security camera systems for Central and South stadiums. 

Renovations at the athletic fields for Central and South high schools are soon to be completed. 

Superintendent Lane Abrell said the track at Central still needs to be striped. At South, the new track needs to be put in, sprayed and striped, he said.

The district has received a lot of positive feedback thus far about the work at the fields at Central and South, including from visiting teams and fans, he said.

“We’re very proud of it,” he said. 

District officials plan to use the renovated fields for more than athletic competition, school events and athletic activities but for use by community athletic organizations.

FY17 Budget

The board also approved the fiscal 2017 budget. 

The overall revenue and expense for the budget is $292.2 million and $290.7 million, with a surplus of $1.5 million, according to a district news release. 

District officials expect to receive about $258.4 million in operating fund revenues this year, down about $17.2 million from the previous fiscal year.

“The difference is due to the state funding about 92 percent of general state aid last year when District 202 ‘prorated’ for 85 percent; and the proceeds of a $12 million bond issue to fund capital projects and provide for cash flow,” district officials stated in a news release.

Administrators are prorating state funding at 89 percent of general state aid this year. 

“The state is supposedly planning to provide 100 percent of general state aid funding. However, Illinois still does not have a budget after nearly two years,” according to the district. 

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