The Nevada school board approved construction costs over $1 million for a new Nevada High School baseball stadium at SCORE Park Monday night. The bid, awarded to Koester Construction, includes amenities such as a team room and storm shelter, fencing and a concession building, as well as drainage for the field turf. The board also approved additional drainage around the warning track of the field, to the estimated tune of $21,800, to be performed by Iowa Cubs Sports Turf. Staff expects the field to be seeded by the end of May in order for the baseball team to begin playing games in 2019.


In other baseball news, the board approved the potential for Collins-Maxwell students to play baseball for Nevada High School during the 2018 season. Collins-Maxwell player additions will not affect Nevada’s state classification.


The board also heard of some minor changes being made in student-parent handbooks for the 2018-19 school year. Among the changes are 1) the middle school academic eligibility policy will more closely follow that of the high school; 2) how teachers and administration address habitual tardiness for class; and 3) confirming that the district will continue to practice emergency situations, such as ALICE drills, and publish any relevant rendezvous points in order for staff, parents/guardians and law enforcement to know where students should be.


The next Nevada school board meeting will be held Monday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.