LIBERTY CENTER – The local Liberty Center School Board accepted the Kip Kern Field donation from Liberty Center Athletic Boosters, and approved the guaranteed maximum price agreement for the first phase of the renovations at its regular meeting Monday night.
The board also received some good news on the financial front and heard Superintendent Richie Peters talk about the end of the 2021-2022 school year (see related article below).
At the March board meeting, members authorized the signing of a license and donation agreement with Liberty Center Athletic Boosters, responsible for overseeing the installation of the turf on the pitch at Rex Lingruen Stadium. The supporting organization used a very generous donation in memory of Kip Kern of the Kern family to fund the project.
The license agreement reached by the council allowed the blowers to install the sod on the land at its sole expense and expense, with the blowers paying the school board $ 1 to obtain a license to use the premises for the project. The boosters retained Maumee Bay Turf Center of Oregon as the general contractor for the project.
It was agreed that once the project is completed and closed, the boosters would unconditionally donate the project to the board.
On Monday, Liberty Center Athletics Booster President Scott Armey was in attendance to donate the completed pitch to the board.
In a prepared statement, Armey said, “About two months ago, the Liberty Center Board of Education and Sports Boosters reached an agreement that allowed Boosters, through the generosity of the Kip Kern family, to install aptly named Rex Lingruen Stadium in honor of LC resident and longtime supporter Kip Kern for the benefit of Liberty Center student-athletes today and for years to come .
“On this May 24, as president and representative of Liberty Center Athletic Boosters, we are making an unconditional donation of Kip Kern Field at Rex Lingruen Stadium to the Liberty Center Board of Education,” added Armey, who thanked the Kern family and Maumee Bay Turf for their part in the project.
Said Peters: “I want to express my sincere appreciation to Scott Armey, and all the sports boosters, for partnering in such a tremendous effort, and to the Kern family, once again, for such a generous donation. Many school districts plan for years to complete a project of this magnitude, and to have it completed in a matter of months, thanks to the hard work of Maumee Bay Turf … what a collaboration to get it done so quickly.
“Seeing what we have here has certainly exceeded our expectations, and already seeing students throwing a soccer ball, kicking a soccer ball, running on it, even having students read during law week. reading is very rewarding. Peters continued. “For a community of this size to have a facility like this, we are very fortunate.”
The board then approved the acceptance of a licensing and donation agreement with the sports boosters, as well as the new Liberty Center schools logo and branding (see the tiger head in the photo).
The board approved a resolution authorizing the implementation of the change in the maximum guaranteed price (GMP) related to the board renovation project. These works will include: the interior of the metal building (football locker room and weight room) of the football facility, new bleachers at the Rex Lingruen stadium and a new HVAC system for the 1995 competition gymnasium.
“This is the contract for GMP 1, we had to break it because we are using ESSER funds, and we couldn’t get ahead until those funds were in place,” Peters said. “To get things done, we want the home and visitor bleaches installed and ready for use by the fall sporting seasons, so most of the work in the metal building is completed,” although it may not be 100% done.
“Just due to the timing of projects, increased scope and hardware shortages due to COVID, there are many factors that come into play,” Peters continued. “That being said, we had our bid opening sealed and the offers were very favorable. We are pleasantly surprised that they got as low as them, given the current construction climate. With all the savings in GMP 1, we’ll move to GMP 2, and so on. “
Peters went on to explain that clearance for GMP 2 could come soon, which will include the exterior for metal building and landscaping. This work will include a new fence to circle the Rex Lingruen Stadium, which was made possible through an anonymous donation of $ 125,000. In the near future, GMP 3 will include work on the 1995 gymnasium, the common area and the changing rooms.