School board seeks additional information on athletic facility upgrades
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — The Finance Committee of the Marshfield School District Board of Education is requesting additional information on proposed upgrades to the district’s outdoor athletic facilities before determining financing options and fundraising proposals for the project.
The upgrade plans designed by the Rettler Corporation, a Stevens Point landscape architecture firm, include a 4,000-seat multisport stadium just north and east of Marshfield High School; two softball diamonds and a soccer field near Madison Elementary; a six-lane track and a soccer field at Marshfield Middle School; and a football practice and soccer field, a junior varsity baseball field, and a 100-space parking lot on the vacant lot near the Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center.
The current plan as drafted would cost an estimated $9.8 million — with $5.8 million dedicated to the multisport stadium at the high school.
“Buildings and grounds should take a look at our athletic facilities proposal that we approved back in July and see what we actually want to do going forward,” said Finance Committee Chair Amber Kiggens-Leifheit during the Dec. 14 meeting of the board. “They are going to come back in January with a timeline, sequencing, and approximate cost for the plan that best serves our students and the district.
“At that time Finance will look at this again and vote whether we go forward or not with a fundraising proposal.”