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COLUMBUS – Funding for phase one of design drawings for a sports complex at the site of the new high school will be shared by Columbus Public Schools and the Columbus Baseball Association during the months ahead.

The CPS school board on Monday received four bids for layout drawings of the proposed site that would be built on a 24-acre parcel along the southeast corner of the high school and appeared to favor approving the $19,900 bid submitted by Lamp, Rynearson & Associates of Omaha.

That was the recommendation of Leonard Kwapnioski, executive director of technology and operations for the school district, and Kim Kwapnioski, executive director of the CPS Foundation.

The school board is expected to approve the Rynearson bid at its regular meeting Feb. 19.

CPS officials sought the 2-D and 3-D drawings to determine how the different pieces of a complex would fit together on the site south of the high school.

Superintendent Troy Loeffelholz said the school district’s one-half share of the cost of the drawings would come from an account established about five years ago that allows for spending on special projects.

The district has collected more than $26,000 from Viaero Wireless since about 2012 from rental space atop the new middle school building. A cellphone tower is located on the roof of the former high school building.

Bids were submitted by Jeffrey Bruce Co. of North Kansas City, Missouri, Olsson Associates of Lincoln, Lamp Rynearson of Omaha and Alfred Benesche and Co. of Lincoln.

Phase I of the project, which included talks with the CBA and Columbus Tennis Association, will focus on designs for baseball fields (two), softball fields (two), batting cages, tennis courts (four), concession/storage building, playground area and an indoor multipurpose facility.

As other special interest groups come on board and gear up for fund-raising efforts as summer approaches, CPS and the CBA will be reimbursed for some of the initial phase one costs, said the district’s director of technology and operations.

“We are all very excited to get this process started,” Leonard Kwapnioski said.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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