The Knoxville School Board discussed future plans at the Knoxville softball field during their regular meeting last night. Cindy Jones, with the Knoxville Softball Club, told the board about their desire to redo their softball field. She explained that the field is currently higher in the outfield than in the infield, leading to drainage issues and lots of problems with even the slightest amount of rain. She had three different options priced out for the board and said the Softball Club was willing to give a $10,000 donation. That would leave the school district with a price tag of around $16,000 to $36,000, depending on which option the board chose. Superintendent Dr. Randy Flack said they’d consider the options against what they have in their physical plant funds and bring back a recommendation at the next meeting.
The least-expensive option includes redoing the dirt and outfield grass as well as the infield dirt. The second option includes that plus concrete work to put in a sidewalk connecting the parking lot to the field and bathrooms. The third option includes all that, plus new dirt for the perimeter of the field. Last year, the softball club spent about $40,000 on a new scoreboard and concession stand; the school district had minimal expenses on those projects.