Superior School Board approves new athletic complex

By KBJR News 1

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - High School students in Superior could be playing in a new athletic facility soon.

The proposed athletic complex is estimated at four million dollars and may be ready for students as early as fall of 2014.

The high school has been using the fields at UW-Superior for nearly 60 years.

"We feel it's well overdue. It's not that Ole Haugsrud has not been a great home for our football team, but it's outlived its life. The lights are bad. The parking is bad, the handicap accessibility. There's just a lot more modern facilities that we'd like to get," said Ray Kosey, the activities director and assistant principal.

The funding for the new complex doesn't pull from any tax funds. In fact, the money is entirely from interest made on an investment from a previous Superior school board.

"A board years ago in the early 80's had a forward view, a good vision to say we're going to set aside this money so future boards will be able to do something great for the school district of Superior," said Janna Stevens, administrator for Superior School District," said Stevens.

Construction of the facilities will begin in the spring and when it is finished will be available to the community as well as students.

"The whole purpose behind this was to have it be something that our community can celebrate as well, so we do have a community advisory committee that's already been helping us to say what can we use this for beyond our students at our high school," said Stevens.

The plan includes an artificial turf football field surrounded by a track, a baseball field and other track and field facilities.

The new fields would be located behind the high school on the site of current practice fields.

Bryce Henry