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School board approves contracts for stadium

October 19, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN

karenh@herald-mail.com

Callas Contractors Inc. will oversee the construction of North Hagerstown High School's stadium, which will be named for the company's late chairman.

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved contracts with the Hagerstown construction firm for $175,000 for construction management for the proposed Mike Callas Stadium. An agreement with the firm for general conditions costs will cost $245,450 more, Board of Education President Paul Bailey said after the meeting.

The construction management fees are "very reasonable," school system Chief Operating Officer G. William Blum told the board.

North High's sports teams and bands have shared athletic and performance facilities with South Hagerstown High School at School Stadium.

John Williamson, who has chaired the citizens' committee to raise money for the stadium, said after the board's meeting he hopes to see construction completed in time for the start of next year's fall season.

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According to Williamson, groundbreaking for the stadium will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 10.

The board approved a contract for $199,132 for the design services of Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc. in September. The Hagerstown firm agreed to provide $25,000 worth of services to the system on a pro bono basis, bringing the price down to $174,132, Blum said at the time.

According to Williamson, the stadium committee gave the Washington County Commissioners more than $304,000 in private donations Monday to help pay for the project.

The county is financing the project, but the committee plans to make regular payments to offset the costs, Williamson said.

"As people make their pledges, make their payments, we are every quarter going to turn over money to the county," Williamson said.

Donors have been given five years to pay off their pledges, but some have already submitted their money in full, Williamson said.

The stadium is expected to cost $3.5 million, Williamson said.

Williamson said the committee will announce how much money it has raised, and how much more it needs at the groundbreaking.

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