Limestone County school board member agreed to two changes Tuesday aimed at improving the storm-battered ballfields at East Limestone High School.
The fields and batting cages were severely damaged and partially destroyed in the April 27, 2011, tornadoes that struck the East Limestone community.
The board accepted a bid to repair the damage at its March 6 meeting.
On Tuesday, the board also accepted a third alternate improvement and a change order for the project.
The proposal involved deleting from the $1.1 million contract with E-Tech Construction a plan to install a concrete pad, two open-air batting cages, grade work and seeding — a cost of $9,965. The East Limestone High School Athletic Program and Booster Club has already done the work and paid the associated costs. However, East school officials asked the board to approve a $17,500 alternate project that would add metal sides to the batting facility and use the $9,965 savings from the change order toward the improvement, leaving a $7,535 balance, which would be covered by the athletic program and boosters.
Board member James Shannon wanted assurance East would pay the $7,535 difference because, he said, other schools have built their batting facilities.
“I want to be fair,” Shannon said.
Board members agreed to approve the change order and the alternate project.