In February, Brookfield Board of Education awarded a contract for more than $600,000 to a company to expand the bleachers on the home side of the field at the school and build new bleachers on the visitors’ side.

Shortly after the contract was awarded, administration officials learned that Outdoor Aluminum wouldn’t have the work completed until October, said district Treasurer Jordan Weber. That goes against officials’ intention to play all of its home football games at the campus stadium.

“It’s been a scramble, but, fortunately, our architect was able to pull some strings and we were able to get a different vendor that was able to get us the same items,” Weber told the school board March 20.

That day, the board hired E and D Specialty Stands Inc., North Collins, N.Y., to build the stands for $396,610.

Also on March 20, the board hired Kirila Fire of Hartford to build a new press box on the home side for $60,000.

Weber said he and Maintenance Supervisor Randy Clark visited with Kirila Fire owner Jerry Kirila and came away impressed with the product Kirila was offering, and the 50-percent discount he was granting the district.

“Not only are we getting an absolutely incredible product, that is saving us something like … $150,000 off our original contract,” Weber said. “Very, very generous of him.”

The current press box will be moved to the visitors’ side, officials said.

The school district is abandoning Nicholas Field on Addison Road due to unsafe conditions of the locker rooms and press box and issues with drainage.

The project architect is 8e Architecture LLC of Canfield. 

Also in February, Musco Sports Lighting LLC was hired to move lights and poles from Nicholas Field to the school campus field and install one additional light set and pole. The company’s proposal was $320,000.

On April 1, the township trustees agreed to donate 100 tons of asphalt grindings to the school district so a service road can be built around the stadium.

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