NACS tackles football field upgrades

May 7, 2019

Northwest Allen County Schools’ first official step in making a nearly $25 million upgrade to marching band and athletics facilities got positive public feedback tonight.

“This needs to be done and is overdue,” Superintendent Chris Himsel said following the first of two required public hearings.

Recovering from the recession and prioritizing classroom space needs have delayed the Carroll High School site improvements, Himsel said. Initial planning began in the 1990s.

The district is not pursuing a referendum for the $24.82 million project, Himsel said. The additional debt will be offset by older debt that is being paid off by the school system.

Voters last year supported a $33.98 million referendum that is funding a new elementary school and district-wide improvements.

Improvements under consideration at Carroll address insufficient facilities for such activities as football, track, soccer and marching band as well as parking and traffic flow.

“We’ve actually had our seating condemned and had to do some emergency repairs in order to have some football games,” Himsel said of the bleachers.

Plans presented Monday include building functional washroom and concession facilities for outdoor events; creating locker room space for outdoor activities; rebuilding and upgrading the track surface; upgrading the soccer seating and lighting; installing an asphalt-based, weather-proof surface in the marching band practice area; and installing synthetic turf on the competition football field.