Group seeks to add turf to Wayne High football field January 06 2015

WAYNE — A muddy spot in Wayne High School's reputation could be cleaned up, if one group has any say about it.

The Wayne Touchdown Club will seek permission to raise funds for the installation and maintenance of artificial turf at the school's football field during the regular meeting of the Wayne County Board of Education at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Wayne County Schools central office at 212 North Court St., Wayne.

Little information was available regarding the exact cost of the turf or if there is a timeline for fundraising and installation.

Pioneer Field is no stranger to a mess, as conditions at the field are known to deteriorate quickly within the school's football season. A 2013 playoff game that was set to be hosted at the school had to be moved to Huntington High School due to poor conditions at Pioneer Field.

The idea of getting turf for the field seemed lost after the failure of a 2012 bond measure that, among other construction projects, would have provided turf for the football fields at each of the county's three high schools.

In keeping with projects at Wayne High School, the board will review construction documents and plans for a renovation project at the school, which is one of the three projects funded by the bond measure passed by voters in May 2014.

If approved by the board, the design plans would then be submitted to the West Virginia School Building Authority for approval.

Dave Ferguson, a project architect with ZMM Architects Inc., also will be at the meeting to update the board about the other two projects associated with the bond, Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School and the Crum PK-8 school.

The board also will hear from a community group, New Day in Fort Gay, about acquiring a former school property in Fort Gay to be used for development.

In the past, the group has indicated it would like to use the property to create a community center, including a recreation space, a healthcare center and living space.