Synthetic turf field proposal accepted by the Board of Education

The Board of Education on Monday accepted a proposal from Field Turf of Calhoun, Georgia, to install the new synthetic, multi-turf field that was part of the capital project approved by the community last May.

The amount was $2,274,819. It is expected that the project will break ground in mid-May and be complete by late October, depending on the weather.

It is expected that the Board of Education will accept the rest of the capital project bids at its April 17 meeting. Business Manager Andrew Giaquinto said it appears that the bids will be within the price range approved by the community.

The turf proposal, part of the Keystone Purchasing Network, means Scotia-Glenville does not have to competitively bid the project since it’s on this “Best Value” approved list. This network “uses locked-in previous publicly bid numbers as the basis for their proposals,” according to a letter from the district’s architects, SEI Design Group of Albany. The proposal uses a local site contractor and local track coating specialist, the architects said.

Jack Tateo, Scotia-Glenville construction project manager with BA Construction Services of Latham, said the turf proposal carries a 12-year life, assuming it is maintained. He said 17 other schools within a 100 miles radius, such as Shenendehowa and Union College, have used this company.

Work on the soccer and baseball fields will begin this summer as part of the project.