PARKERSBURG, WV (WTAP)-- The Wood County Board of Education approved Grae-Con Construction of Marietta to do renovations at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
The board approved the company's bid 5-0 Tuesday night.
Construction for new restrooms and concessions is expected to start in a couple of weeks.
The project is expected to cost about $780,000 and take three to four months to finish.
The Wood County Board of Education says it will vote on bids for the construction project at Parkersburg South High School.
It's for new restrooms at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. There are five bids for the construction project. The budget is $700,000.
The board says it will start the process of voting on the bids November 27, 2018. The five board members can either approve a bid or reject all the bids.
The construction should take three to four months, according to the Wood County Schools Superintendent.
It did not happen without a lot of discussion, but the Wood County Board of Education Saturday morning approved funding for several repair and renovation projects.
They included improvements of athletic facilities at Parkersburg and Williamstown High Schools and the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
The approval came after Board President Lawrence Hasbargen stated it's becoming more and more difficult for private groups to raise money for those projects from the community.
"There was a time when we had several plants in the area, and people with real good jobs, and they didn't mind donating money to worthwhile projects," Hasbargen said. "We don't have near the persons willing to do those things, nor do we have the population, nor the student base. We don't have any of those things."
The three newly-elected board members addressed the current board, advising them the school system needs to be financially careful in spending the money for the improvements.
The projects also include replacing heating and air conditioning units at Emerson, Franklin and Martin Elementary Schools.
The Wood County Board of Education's Tuesday night meeting was at capacity for discussion about updating athletic facilities at several schools.
A lease purchase agreement that would stay in the budget of $4,630,000 was brought up for discussion.
Williamstown High School, Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School all have different needs for their athletics facilities.
The board brought up concerns about which of these repairs is absolutely necessary, since some of the board members say they don't want to be "financially strapped."
The board finalized an approval of a resolution to fix the turf field at Stadium Field at Parkersburg High School
That project's total cost is capped at $500,000.
This Tuesday, Wood County Board of Education is to discuss entering into a lease-purchase agreement, for "an amount not exceeding $4,630,000" for facilities at or connected to Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and Williamstown High Schools.
That includes installation of new artificial turf and bleachers at Parkersburg High School's Stadium Field.
That could resolve a long-standing issue involving the visitors side bleachers, which, along with the home field bleachers, were found to be uninhabitable in late 2012.
The home field bleachers were replaced in 2013,but funding issues have delayed any work on the visitors' seats.
The agreement also would include constructions of new restrooms and tennis courts at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, and a new track at Williamstown High School.
The meeting begins Tuesday night at 6:30 at the board's central offices.
The Wood County Board of Education heard presentations Tuesday night on ways to finance and begin improvements at athletic facilities at all three county high schools.
The board heard a presentation for possible lease-purchase contracts by Edward McLiney and Company.
Superintendent John Flint stressed the need to have improvements started promptly.
Board member Jim Asbury dissented, addressing the issues of what is wanted verses what is actually needed in light of falling enrollment.
The board also met in executive session to talk about the disposition of the present Williamstown Elementary School property. However,no decision was made.