April 16, 2014


Sports complex to be discussed

Highland School District officials want to hire an architect to design a new sports complex for the school, but they’re staying quiet on the details, promising to discuss it at their meeting tonight.

The agenda for the meeting states the board will authorize the district to “enter into a contract with Mann Architects” for professional design services for the Highland Athletics Facilities Complex. The agenda item states the cost will not exceed 6.5 percent “of the total project cost” but does not specify what the project cost will be. The agenda item does not specify whether it would be paid for with school funds, outside donations or a combination of the two.

School spokeswoman Dawn Marzano said that no contract existed yet and said she could not provide more details on what type of a contract members were considering. Board member Bob Kelly said the item would be discussed at tonight’s meeting and that he didn’t “have any comments until the meeting.”

The school’s current Highland Stadium was built in 1959 and is about a quarter-mile away from the high school. Parking woes at the stadium have led the district to institute a shuttle bus from the high school lot for home games.

This year, the Hornets football team finished with a 13-1 record and advanced to the Division II state semifinals for the first time in school history. The team clinched a home game for the first round of playoffs on Nov. 8 against Avon, but had to move the game to North Royalton’s Serpentini Stadium, which boasts more than 4,000 seats and field turf. Highland Stadium has a natural-grass field.

In 2010, North Royalton sold the naming rights of its stadium to Serpentini Chevrolet for $100,000, which was used for stadium renovations. According to the North Royalton Stadium Foundation, those renovations cost $1.3 million. The stadium was opened to the public in September 2011.

The Highland School board meets at 7 p.m. at the High School Media Center, 4150 Ridge Road.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.