District 150 to look at options for Stadium land

By Audrey Wise

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The possibility of a Walmart taking over land at the Peoria Stadium site seems out of the question at this point. Now, the District 150 School Board is looking at what other options they have with the land.

Monday night, newly-elected School Board President Rick Cloyd asked the administration to gather information on four options.

First, the costs to repair the stadium.

Second, the potential of football facilities at Peoria High School and Manual Academy.

Third, schedule options for the 2014-2015 football season.

And finally, information about the potential impact of a 1% county sales tax that will be voted on next March.

Cloyd said this will help them determine what is possible and financially sound.

"The first question we really need to answer is: what is the purpose of the stadium within the school district in terms of how we will use it? Should we retain it? Should we improve it? Or should we do something else with it?," said Cloyd.

All events that are scheduled at the stadium for the coming year will still take place.

The School Board also voted to give Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan a $10,000 bonus based on her contract and her ability to reach goals.

They also approved a three-year lease on two sets of modular classrooms to be used at Charter Oak Primary and Lindbergh Middle Schools. Cloyd said the classrooms are needed because children have to re-locate from their home schools based on No Child Left Behind requirements.

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