PARKERSBURG-Board members may get some good news today about the renovations to the Stadium Field bleachers at Parkersburg High School.
Pickering Associates President Ryan Taylor is scheduled to update the Wood County Board of Education and school system representatives at the board's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. today.
Mike Fling, assistant superintendent for Wood County Schools, has been attending the weekly project update meetings and said Taylor will have good news with regard to preliminary numbers.
"The contractor finished a week early, pouring girders and making repairs," Fling said.
Precast work is underway, leaving officials hopeful the project will be completed by fall, he said.
How much funding is needed to complete the project is unclear.
At last count, the project- renovations of the homeside bleachers of the stadium - was still about $200,000 short of funding for completion. Fling said construction officials from Grae-Con Construction and Pickering are "feverishly" working to find cost reductions without harming the integrity of the project.
Renovations of the homeside bleachers, initially estimated at $1.5 million, are closer to $1.9 million. The board of education committed $700,000 to the project.
The stadium committee secured a $600,000 loan. The committee presented the school system with a $40,000 check and said the remainder of the money would come through fundraising efforts.
All money for the project is being handled by Wood County Schools.
At its June 16 meeting, board members approved authorization for Taylor to spend available construction funds that the Stadium Committee would raise, but maintain $50,000 in the fund for contingency.
Parkersburg High Principal Pam Goots said if everyone who graduated from Parkersburg High gave $10, it would pay for the project.
Fling said things are moving in the right direction.
"It sounded positive," he said referring to last week's project update. "Everything sounded positive."