Jersey Shore looks into improving softball field

JERSEY SHORE — A discussion was had about making improvements to the infield of the Jersey Shore Borough softball field during the Jersey Shore School Board meeting on Monday.

The softball association filed an inquiry with the district to get rid of the 6-inch lip between the infield and outfield as well as the general state of the soil in the infield, said Mark Wall, director of maintenance, buildings and grounds.

The Jersey Shore Middle School and High School teams use the field during fall and spring while the Jersey Shore Softball Association uses the field over the summer months, according to Stephen Alexander, athletic director.

When it rains the infield gets muddy, while when the ground is dry it is a “dust bowl,” he said. Also, having the lip could be a safety hazard causing players to possibly injure themselves.

Their suggestion is to use Diamond-Tex Infield Solutions, which is soil that has sponges in it to help drain the water off the field, he said.

The total cost to get the Diamond-Tex, fix the lip and plant new grass is $5,200, Wall said. The borough and district would split the cost 50/50, each entity would pay $2,600.

Wall and Peg Leedy, director of student services, discussed the state and purpose of the district’s Johnson House, which is used by the life skills class to learn basic household skills. The house is located behind the high school.

There is $219,600 worth of work that needs to be done for the house to meet borough codes and Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, according to Wall who did an analysis on the structure.

Another option Leedy presented was to transport the students to Hope Enterprise’s Teen Link house in Montoursville. The cost would amount to $8,280 to use the house and transport the students from Jersey Shore to Montoursville, she said.

The students would also lose 90 minutes of class time due to the drive to and from the house, she said.

During the board’s next meeting on Nov. 29, it will vote whether or not to change their website provider from SchoolWire to Intermediate Unit No. 17.

The cost of SchoolWire is $12,500 per year while switching to Intermediate Unit No. 17, it would cost between $2,500 and $3,500 for an initial fee then $500 per year, according to Bruce Boncal, director of operations.

In other business, the board voted to hire Samantha Chapman as a part time learning support aide for $8.71 per hour. It also accepted the letters of resignation from Stephen Waldman, head varsity baseball coach, and Wes Keen, assistant boys varsity track coach.