Upper Dublin School Board Takes Next Step in Cardinal Stadium Improvements

Upper Dublin School Board unanimously voted to move forward with the engineering for Cardinal Stadium improvements.

The Upper Dublin School Board voted unanimously to approve a contract with D’Huy Engineering for design services and specifications for Cardinal Stadium improvements, which included the track and turf on the field.

The total for the engineering work will cost the district $54,750. Joseph Chmielewski, President of the Board, said that $7,000 has been pledged from the township’s youth sports groups to help defray the cost of the engineering work for the turf.

Work on Cardinal Stadium will include the track, which needs resurfacing for safety concerns, as well as the potential for laying turf on the field.

Previous engineer reports estimated that laying turf on the field will cost approximately $1 million. Youth sports groups and the township have committed $425,000 to the project.

The engineering report, once completed, will be good for as few as 18 months, and up to two years before the district needs to act on the report or pay to update the engineering report.

The vote for the engineering costs were unanimous.

Joe August 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM
There is an iincestuous relatonship between the UDJAA and the School Board and Township. They have shown no proof for their need for this field to be turfed, only unsworn comments at the Board of Commisioners and School Board. Also they should make their finances and balance sheet available to all of us. If they want us to spend tax $$ let's see what their holding!!
Colin August 17, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Stop spending money!!!
Phil Goldstein August 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Great!! Another tax increase. What took you so long UDSB??
Leann Pettit August 17, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The school board only voted to get the engineering prospectus done for both the turf and the track - and the township's youth sports groups have committed the funds to pay for the turf portion of the engineering report. The rest of the total is for the track, documents for when the project is ready to go to bid, etc.
Donna August 17, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Leann: When you have been here long enough you will sense the board's feelings on this matter. If you charged for a subscription to th Patch, I would bet you a year's cost that they turf the field. Other than Dr. Resnick, did you hear anyone on the Board express any negative feelings toward the turfing. They will go behind closed doors, make their deals and then approve the turf. The UDJAA is the tail that wags the dog.
ee August 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM
i doubt they will do the engineering work and then not follow with the project. It will amount to a huge outlay of tax dollars for work that is hard to argue is critical. UD needs someone who is willing to actually control costs and manage resources responsibly, and protect the best interests of all taxpayers.
danny roturra August 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM
once again the parliament of fools and big time spenders, aka the school board are spending other peoples money without constraint. they need to go. in every case, they demonstrate a total lack of fiscal responsibility.
JJ August 18, 2012 at 02:40 AM
What are the fields like of the teams UD plays against? Are they just like ours? Are we the poor cousin or seeking to keep up with the Jones's? Or are we trying to be the Jones's?
Stop with the Taxes August 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
We are the Jones. If we add a third turf field we will have more turf fields than any HS is the STATE. It just is not needed.
Joseph Grogan August 19, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Who would be seriously damaged if this extravagance were4 not done? Nobody! Our community does NOT have an obligation to provide this luxury to our kids. The best soccer players in the world grew up kicking the ball around in the dirt. The greats of football history played their younger years in the worst of conditions. This is ridiculous, and I'll vote against any school board member who supports this expenditure!
My two cents August 19, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Time to vote them all out of office!
Bill August 19, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I have a child UDHS and another in SRMS. Which teachers, staff, or extra curricular student activities will get cut? Or are they planning to get some of the 300 million Obama is pushing for in another emergency aid to states to save teachers jobs? Incompetency. Agreed, Vote all of them out ... at all levels!
Don M August 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The UD community has spoken in force with their vote and fully endorses these projects. We had good candidates running for school board and commissioner who would have brought more honest debate and critical assessment of budget issues but the citizens of Upper Dublin are intent on throwing money at wasteful programs. So don't get too excited about voting anyone out of office or seeing these or other projects turned down anytime soon.
chvolly27 August 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
yea at $54,000 for a unnecessary project
doc August 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Dr Steven Greene August 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
It does seem paradoxical that given all the recent cuts in programs and freezes on staff etc that this would be a priority at this point. I understand that one rational is a 'safety' issue which I think most people would support. Overall however it seems that with all the issues out there right now - both expenditure and revenue generation - there are bigger fish to fry. Maybe this is an area that the district and push it's advertising / sponsorship areas to local businesses?


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