Builder chosen for stadium at Tuolumne's Summerville High

naustin@modbee.comJuly 19, 2013 

High school district merger

JEFF JARDINE / jjardine@modbee.com Sign along Tuolumne Road greets visitors to Summerville High. The district is considering a merger with Sonora High, though the high schools will remain separate. Taken Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 to run with Nan Austin's on possible merger of the two disctrict into one administration.

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— Summerville Union High School District in Tuolumne has selected a general contractor to rebuild Thorsted Field, the Bears' stadium, in time for the 2014 football season.

Robert E. Boyer Construction of Twain Harte was picked by the Summerville board of trustees this week to oversee the roughly $4 million remake of the stadium and reducing the incline of the bleachers, said Superintendent Robert Griffith.

The new stadium will serve the 466-student school's football and soccer programs and have an all-weather track. Its target completion date is August 2014. Seating capacity and other details have not been determined, Griffith said. The existing stadium seats 1,100.

The second half of the district's $8 million school facilities bond has been designated to upgrade the baseball field, rebuild the bus barn, build an art classroom, add a quad lunch shelter, upgrade the agriculture building and resurface the parking lot.

Those projects will unfold in the years ahead, Griffith said.

Bond Measure H narrowly passed in November. The final vote was 2,610 votes to 2,608, following a recount. The initial $4.1 million in bonds delay payment until 2024, when earlier school bonds are paid off.

When the last bond is paid off in 2042, the district's landowners will have paid $11 million for the stadium.

The Measure H Citizens Bond Oversight Committee will hold its first meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the Summerville High School library, 17555 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne. Items on the agenda include organizational matters and review of the bond income and expenses for the first quarter.

The committee has about 10 members, including community representatives, district parents, business representatives and district staff members, Griffith said.

Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339, on Twitter, @NanAustin, www.modbee.com/education.

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