Enhancing athletics programs at Enterprise City Schools topped the Five-Year Capital Plan approved by the Enterprise Board of Education at the meeting Aug. 27

Of the $11,820,000 projected budget for the next five years, athletics garnered $9,350,000—some 79 percent of the funding.

A capital plan can be changed as needed, Enterprise City Schools Superintendent Greg Faught explained. “However we must submit a board-approved plan to the State Department of Education.”

The top five priorities listed are anticipated to be completed by the end of Fiscal Year 2020.

Completion of the $1,900,000 track and field and tennis complex at Enterprise High School was listed as Priority No. 1. “That project is still on the Capital Plan for next year because it won’t be completed until October which is the new fiscal year,” Faught said. “We’ve got to finish that project up before we move on to the next one.”

Faught said that a new roof at Harrand Creek Elementary School and repairs to roofs at Dauphin Junior High School and and Rucker Boulevard Elementary School are listed as Priority No. 2 on the capital plan. “The price range estimate is anywhere from $400,000 to $820,000 depending on what (roof repairs) we need to do to at those two schools,” Faught said.

Priority No. 3 is HVAC replacement at Dauphin Junior High School for an estimated cost of $100,000, Faught said. “(ECS Maintenance Supervisor) Matt Routley is working on a solution that may allow us to delay that for a year or two but I wanted to make sure it was included just in case we need to make those upgrades.”

A new baseball/softball field at Enterprise High School for an estimated cost of $3.6 million is Priority No. 4. “I would like to comment on that since we have so many baseball parents and grandparents in the room,” Faught said. “One of the things that is driving that cost up so high for that site is the actual site prep-work.”

Faught said that he is hoping to organize a community service project in which those interested can volunteer their services to help cut site prep costs, which is estimated to be close to $2 million of the projected cost of the project.

Installation of synthetic turf on the EHS football field 5 for a projected cost of $800,000 is Priority No. 5. “We spend in excess of $100,000 a year on that field keeping it ready and safe for play for our students,” Faught said. “We feel like installing synthetic turf will actually be a money saver over time.

“Typically you can get 10 to 12 years play out of (a synthetic turf field) before it has to be replaced,” Faught said. “We’d like to bid that out soon.”

Projects planned for the 2021 Fiscal Year include a metal retro-fit pitched roof for Pinedale Elementary School, upgrades to the bathrooms at Pinedale and Harrand Creek Elementary Schools and HVAC upgrades for various schools.

Proposed projects for Fiscal Year 2022 include window replacements as needed throughout the school system and asphalt tracks at both junior high schools.

Proposed projects for Fiscal Year 2023 include mini-tracks at each of the elementary schools and window replacements as needed throughout the school system.

Proposed projects for Fiscal Year 2024 include an electrical upgrade to the Coppinville School of Opportunity and an indoor all purpose practice facility at Enterprise High School.

The board unanimously approved the plan without discussion.

The next EBOE meeting is 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Enterprise Career and Technology Center, located in the former College Street Elementary School. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the historic school. All EBOE meetings are open to the public.

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