Krantz Field press box

An effort, spearheaded by the Blair Bear Backers, to replace the press box at Krantz Field has been delayed a year.

The Blair Board of Education gave its support to the Blair Bear Backers Club to move forward with the replacement of the press box at Krantz Field.

Supt. Randy Gilson said the club currently has $50,000 to use toward the project and hopes to have at least $60,000 to $65,000 before construction begins this summer.

Costs for the project are still being estimated, he said.

“The press box has been a priority for quite some time,” Gilson said. “There are some other needs out there as well.”

The Club had initially hoped to replace the crow's nest-style press box and create a new training room on the main level at Blair High School by the start of the 2018-19 school year.

But the project was delayed after it was determined the electrical work for the press box was more complicated than originally estimated.

Now, the project is expected to be completed by fall 2019.

“I think it's great that the Backers have a project in mind,” board member Kari Loeske said.

District to submit letter for traffic study at Deerfield

The district recently met with City of Blair officials on a number of issues, including the crossing at U.S. Highway 75 and Deerfield Boulevard.

Leon Haith, director of student services, said the city requested a letter from the district, which will be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Transportation to request a traffic study for the intersection.

The city also requested a letter to consider a pedestrian overpass, which could be placed over the highway between the Deerfield Boulevard and Wright Street intersections.

The project could cost an estimated $1 million and take up to three years to complete, Haith said.

Haith noted there were no guarantees for the study or the overpass.

“It's not just that one red light or corner. It's every part,” Haith said. “But (the city was) willing to look at it because they are the same as us, they are our kids. They want it to be a safe crossing.”

Fine Arts Boosters donates instrument, risers

The Blair High School Fine Arts Boosters donated new riser extensions for the show choirs and a mellophone for the BHS marching band.

Total value of both items is $3,330.

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