PRC to get soccer field

Published 1:30 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Pearl River Central High School is getting a new soccer field.

The proposal presented by the Soccer Booster Club was unanimously approved last night at a school board meeting called for a few budgetary matters and to approve the second draft of the handbooks for printing.

The quotes for the construction of the soccer field that were approved by the board included top soil, fertilizer, sprinkler system, hydroseeding and hydromulching, a storage building and relocating the fence.

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Dennis Penton’s superintendent report included budget cuts from nonessential personnel, part-time workers and non-personnel items, which amounted to more than $500,000. He said the board cut $319,000 on the nonessential personnel side and $197,000 in non-personnel line items.

“The principals and I looked at the budgets and asked, ‘Do we really need this? Do we have to have it right now?’” Penton told the board. “Some of these could be program enhancements. Some of the cuts reflect some good-sense cuts, some are permanent and some are temporary. We’re asking the board to reconsider the budget if our revenue streams come in as anticipated. If the projection is realized, we’re asking (the board) to put these things back in the budget.”

In other business, the board approved having Gary Bailey render the drawings for the new elementary school buildings.

“If he does the drawings,” Penton said, “and if the bond issue passes, and if we use him as the architect, the $15,000 will be deducted from his fees.”