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Clover stadium renovations slated to be done by March

Renovations to Clover’s Memorial Stadium – one of the five projects approved by voters this past spring – are scheduled to be completed by March 27.

The Clover school board has approved a $3.1 million contract for the stadium work to Pineville, N.C.-based Randolph and Son Builders.

Ken Love, assistant superintendent, said the stadium improvements might be complete in time for some spring play on the field.

“We certainly hope it will be ready,” Love said. “But the primary factor is going to be the weather. If we have a winter like last year, with a lot of cold and wet days, we probably won’t make it.”

If the field is not ready, “we’ll have to do some different scheduling in the spring,” he said.

The low bid for Memorial Stadium from Randolph was slightly more than the $3 million budgeted for the project, Love said.

However, he said the district is still within its $6 million budget for the stadium and artificial turf at three athletic fields, including Memorial Stadium. The $2.4 million contract for the artificial turf, which went to Medallion Athletic Products, was about $380,000 under budget, he said.

The school board directed the district staff to work with Randolph and Son to evaluate if there are areas in the stadium renovation project where the district can save money.

The stadium contract calls for better ramps and more seating for disabled people to make the stadium compliant with standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Love said.

Renovations also will bring the stadium up to current building codes by adding more emergency lighting and more bathrooms on both the home and visitor sides, he said.

Artificial turf will be installed on the field while the renovation work is taking place. The turf already has been installed on two other athletic fields at Clover High and Clover Middle schools.

Other projects in the $99 million construction package are on schedule, Love said. Voters in March approved a $67 million bond to pay for the work, and the district plans a $32 million down payment on all projects to reduce the amount it would need to borrow.

Kelly Clayton, program director with Cumming Construction Management, which is working with the district, said bids for a new middle school in the Clover area were due this week.

Bids for a new elementary school in the Lake Wylie area will be due Dec. 11, he said.

A special school board meeting to award the school construction contracts during December will be requested, Clayton said. The construction sites have been cleared, and the two new schools are scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

Clayton also said the new aquatic center is being designed, with an expected February bid date.

The final construction project is a renovation of Clover Middle School into a ninth-grade academy, which would open in 2017.