The Monticello Board of Education has approved a plan to invest over $ 4 million in sports facilities improvements in the next year.
On the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday, Superintendent Adam Clapp told Regional Radio they will move the soccer facility inside the track and field complex, football turf will be installed ahead of next season, and turf will be installed at the high school baseball and softball fields.
According to Clapp, work on the soccer field will come first. Later next spring, work on the football field will begin and then after the baseball and softball seasons, the turf will begin on those complexes.
After turf is installed, a facilities plan will look at improving the bleachers and press boxes for the soccer fields. Clapp notes they are looking into a greenhouse for the ag program as well as dugout improvements at the softball field.
According to Clapp, the project will come in north of $ 4 million. He credits the influx of corporate personal property replacement tax dollars, or CPPRT dollars, as well as Piatt County's one-cent facilities sales tax allowing them this opportunity.
Clapp notes there are lifespans on these turf surfaces and depending on how well they are cared for, those can be extended. He indicates there are tools to help keep them cared for.