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D-158 ramps up Huntley High School improvements

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 11:18 p.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – Construction crews soon will start turning soil throughout the Huntley High School football stadium, after the District 158 board earlier this week unanimously approved $1.4 million in construction bids.

Board President Don Drzal said that football stadium construction, the first project to the district’s extensive expansion of the high school, could begin by early June. The majority of the bids members approved Thursday involve excavation of the football field and installation of drainage equipment before a new synthetic football turf is installed.

“At this point now, we are going to monitor the actual progress that takes place,” Drzal said. “We are in full project mode.”

Other items included in the $1.4 million construction bid involve the installation of a new track surface around the football field and the purchase of new on-field equipment, such as goal posts.

District administrators also are preparing to release another construction bid soon that would seek vendors to install an irrigation system along the school’s baseball and soccer fields, Drzal said.

Construction on the exterior improvements to the high school should conclude by mid-August, Drzal said. District officials then would start finalizing their budget on the interior upgrades to the high school.

Those improvements could include wider hallways and more classroom space, but the board still wants to narrow that wish list to manage costs.

The district has wanted to expand the high school so that the building can house the 3,000 students who are expected to roam the halls by 2019.

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