The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 21, 2013

Geneva BOE to demolish stands, pressbox at Memorial Field

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Geneva Board of Education will demolish the grandstands, visitor’s bleachers and pressbox at Memorial Field on Eastwood Street and remediate the property, the board revealed at its meeting Wednesday.

“The board has decided and has been forthcoming that Memorial Field, unfortunately, does not meet the long-range plans of our district,” board president David Foote said. “Finances and practicality of Memorial Field use is not prudent. These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made considering what is in the best interest of our students.”

The district, Foote said, simply does not have the funds to restore the fire and flood damaged field to use for scholastic sports.

“We are working with less money,” he said. “We lost $1.8 million last year and got a slap in the face this year with no additional funding from the state. We don’t have the monies for a field for ourselves, and at $20,000 a year, the use of the facilities at Spire is in the best interest of our students.”

Last month, Spire Institute and the district amicably agree to drop a property lease for Memorial Field. The district will continue to use the Spire facility in Harpersfield Township until at least 2020, at a stable cost of $20,000 per year.

All is not lost for Memorial Field, Foote said.

“We understand the heritage and tradition of Memorial Field, and this board is working to bring the field back to public use,” he said. “Since the fire in March of last year, steps have been taken and continue to be taken that will hopefully ensure the public use of Memorial Field once again.”

1
Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'