Resurfacing the track at Monterey Stadium is a must.
Building new softball and baseball fields on school district-owned land is a top priority.
Irrigation systems, video boards, and a storage shed for the football and track teams are much lower priorities, but they still made the list of capital needs drawn up by Janesville’s high school athletic directors.
The school board’s finance committee received an update on those needs Tuesday.
In a memo to Superintendent Steve Pophal dated May 11, Assistant Superintendent Scott Garner listed seven items that were priorities for the athletic directors.
Only one item rose to the level of “must have:” Resurfacing the track at Monterey Stadium.
“Given the extremely poor condition of the track, Janesville Parker has cancelled their track invitational for this season,” Garner wrote in the memo. “We are also unable to host WIAA track tournament events.”
The track has a rubberized surface that wears down with use. Instead of doing patchwork fixes, the district would spend about $200,000 to essentially redo the track, district Chief Financial Officer Keith Pennington said after the meeting.
Baseball and softball fields were listed as “priority 1.”
The varsity softball teams play at the Janesville Youth Sports Complex. It costs $175 per game, or about $15,000 for the season, the memo said.
“The creation of our own softball field would save (over time) the district money in rental fees,” it added.
The district pays $8,000 for Craig and Parker’s varsity baseball teams to play at Veterans Field at Riverside Park. Putting baseball fields on school district land would save money over time.
The district could earn additional money from concessions and renting out the baseball and softball facilities.
Competition softball fields would cost $140,000. The baseball fields would cost about $120,000 according to memo.
A comprehensive plan created in 2005 suggested such fields be developed on land the district already owns, Garner said.
Priority categories two and three included such items as irrigation systems for athletic fields and video boards for both schools.
The budget for the 2018-19 is not finished yet, and it’s unknown if money will be available for resurfacing the track at Monterey Stadium, Pennington said after the meeting.
Sponsorships could help pay for baseball or softball fields.
Pophal is currently working with community members and soccer supporters on projects related to that sport.
At some point, the district will release a list of projects it wants to get done, and what the sponsorship levels would be, Pophal said.