District 150 looking at options for Peoria Stadium

By WEEK Reporter

September 23, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- District 150 laid out various game plans for the future of Peoria Stadium during a meeting on Monday.

Board members were presented with options focusing primarily on the renovation and repair of the current facilities within the district.

Interim Treasurer, Dr. David Kinney, estimated the renovation of Peoria Stadium would cost around $2 million while renovating the fields at both Peoria High and Manual would cost around $4 million.

However, Kinney said a possible sale of Peoria Stadium could help fund the renovations for both high schools.

Another option would have all three of the district 150 high schools playing their home games at Richwoods.

"One of the things the board will need to decide at some point is, do we want to play football at Peoria High and at Manual?" said Interim Treasurer Dr. David Kinney. "Do we want to renovate the stadium? Do we want to do all three? But certainly before we talk about selling the stadium, we need to looks at what our options are."

Kinney said another possible funding source for Peoria Stadium could be the Country School Facility sales tax.

If the referendum passes in March, Kinney estimates it could bring in around $9 million for the district.

That money however is not guaranteed to go towards Peoria Stadium.

"We have lots of ideas," said Kinney. "We would love to do some improvements throughout the district. Right now Peoria High has air conditioning, it's the only high school. So we just have lots and lots of needs."

Both Athletic Directors from Manual and Peoria High expressed interest in playing on their own fields.

Kinney said there is no timetable moving forward and expects board members to think over the options laid out at Monday night's meeting.

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