MANASQUAN — The Board of Education voted to divert a portion of money originally allocated to re-turfing the football field to sodding the baseball field.
Business Administrator Peter Crawley suggested pivoting a certain allotment of funds in the budget for a renovation of the football field to renovate parts of the baseball field instead.
“We budgeted for a $50,000 summer renovation of the football field…however, budget season coincided with baseball season so we [are looking to] kind of pivot the money we wouldn’t be putting down for the football field … to renovate the baseball field,” said Mr. Crawley.
“We think that might be a better use of our money,” he said. He also said that the football field would not remain unrenovated, just that some of the sod for the project would be repurposed to serve the baseball field.
Board Member Thomas Pellegrino agreed, saying, “It’s at a point … that we can utilize that money on the infield. The baseball field needs this bad. It gets to the point where it becomes dangerous,” he said, citing the deteriorating turf as a possible safety hazard to students.
“It’s our suggestion that we move that sod to the baseball diamond,” Mr. Crawley said.
The board unanimously agreed to put a chunk of the original fund to sod the baseball field, while still covering a portion of the most-trafficked parts of the football field.
During his report, Superintendent Frank Kasyan also announced that he had received a letter from Point Pleasant Borough’s athletics department requesting it join the existing Manasquan-Point Pleasant Beach ice hockey co-op team.
The council rejected the proposal on the grounds that their player base is sufficient with the two-school team, and that a third school may detract from the experience of players already on the team.
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