Pleasantville stadium discussion on board agenda

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The logo for the Pleasantville School District (photo from pleasantvillecsd.org)

Superintendent Tony Aylsworth intends to recommend Estes Construction as project manager for the track/stadium project at the Tuesday, Aug. 13, Pleasantville Board of Education meeting.

There are no definite plans yet for the project, expected to be paid for with sales tax revenue. The district receives a portion of Iowa’s SAVE tax, a one-cent sales tax paid throughout the state which was renewed during the 2019 Iowa legislative session.

The construction manager will represent the district during the project, if it moves forward. If the board wants to make improvements to the field and track, community input will be sought for what should be included.

Aylsworth wants the public to be informed as much as possible about the project, as the facility is more of a Pleasantville asset beyond the school district. Members of the community often utilize the track for their own health and exercise.

His recommendation of Estes is based upon the firm’s knowledge of the district, as Estes managed the recent elementary school expansion project. The company’s knowledge of the construction process is also greater than any district employee’s, to help ensure the quality of the work to be done. Aylsworth also looked at DCI Construction, Inc. and Shive-Hatterly as managers, but he believes Estes would be the best choice.

Also on the board’s agenda are selling a surplus vehicle, approval of more new contracts and retirements, among other items. The board’s meeting is open to the public and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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