School District discusses plans for improved
field, bleachers, lighting at
North Sanpete High
By Marcy Curtis
MT. PLEASANT—The North Sanpete School Board discussed plans to improve the high school football field, bleachers and lighting at its last meeting.
The school board reviewed a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant proposal to replace the existing football field with artificial turf and xeriscape the surrounding landscapes.
Superintendent Nan Ault has spoken with Six County Association of Governments and she said things are positive. Ault said they really like projects like this and that she is very confident in the grant application.
“It’s really not about turf, it’s about saving water,” said Ault.
Ault said the school district needs the support of Mt. Pleasant to act as the financial agent for the grant.
The school board also learned that stadium lighting is already in the works of being fixed with or without the new turf field and grant approval. The new lighting will cost nearly a $150,000, yet the benefits outweigh the cost. The lights will be cheaper to use and not need to be warmed up.
Other items discussed were concrete repair in the bleacher area, track updates, stadium chair seating, making a terrace on the visitors’ side and drought resistant grass that needs to be placed around the berm.
The board talked about the sale of the old elementary school in Mt. Pleasant to the city of Mt. Pleasant. A meeting to discuss the transfer of the deed will take place at Mt. Pleasant City Council on December 22. The end of 2020 is the contract date for the closing of the property.
With Sanpete County still in the high transmission level of coronavirus at the time of board meeting, guidelines for extracurricular activities were discussed. The region will be giving out region passes for parents/guardians of each athlete. Each pass will give permission for two parents to purchase tickets and enter region games. Athletes will also be given a rapid COVID test every two weeks. Once an athlete receives a positive test they will no longer be required to test or quarantine for 90 days.