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BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG: District to proceed with stadium changes

by on February 21, 2014 10:50 AM

BURRELL TOWNSHIP — The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District will proceed with phases of design and soliciting bids to repairs at Blairsville’s football stadium.

Plans were discussed Wednesday to fix a soil erosion problem and to explore the installation of bleachers for the visitors’ side.

To fix the erosion, a consequence of a heavy rainstorm at the beginning of the school year, it will cost about $140,000 to $150,000, said board member Rick Harper, of the buildings and grounds committee. This was the cheapest option.

“There’s no way around it,” Harper said.

While the district’s insurance company may pay for some of the necessary pipe repair, it is not responsible for soil problems, so it will not be reimbursed, he said.

Architects HHSDR will work with the district on the project.

Harper said the bleachers are in “abysmal” condition.

The board will pursue a feasibility study regarding bleacher replacement.

In other business Wednesday, the board members approved supplemental contract personnel for the 2014-15 year.

For Blairsville, positions are: athletic director Jim Buckles; Rick Artley, head football coach; Neil Stone, first assistant; Bryan Gould, second assistant; and Mark DeMarines, third assistant; Mark DeMarines, boys’ basketball head coach; Matt Nicely, boys’ basketball JV coach; Rick Artley, boys’ basketball junior high coach; Mark Zerfoss, baseball head coach; Bryan Gould, baseball assistant; Scott Stuchal, golf; Kunkle and Lisa Jackson, ninth-grade class co-sponsors; Dave Dollman, social studies chairman; Kevin Lopata, science department chairman; Greg Kaylor, math department chairman; and Smith, junior high volleyball coach.

For Saltsburg, approved were: Tim Frassenei, head football coach; Jared McCormick, first assistant; Bill Petro, second assistant, Glenn Richards, third assistant; Don Stitt, boys’ basketball head coach; and Shawn Battistelli, senior high cheerleading coach.

Other positions: Scott Stuchal, BSSD junior high wrestling coach; Bryan Gould, junior high wrestling assistant; Dan Cunkelman, cross country coach; Tammy Smith, varsity volleyball head coach; and Brittany Conrad, varsity volleyball assistant.



Margaret Harper has served as a Gazette staff writer since 2006. She covers Clymer Borough, the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District and Blairsville court, and also works in the areas of layout, design and editing. She can be reached at mharper@indianagazette.net.
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