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$1.134M In Improvements OK'd For Harris Stadium

A new field house with locker rooms and concessions will be added to the stadium at Havre de Grace High School.

The approved the contract bid Monday that will begin the long-awaited completion of the project at .

from MRP Contractors that would cover—among other things—a visitor's field house with referee's room and concessions area. The improvements would also include flagpoles, a planter and concrete pad for a future statue and enable the placement of personalized bricks to be placed in a pathway from the current entrance to the home grandstand.

The approval of the project came one week before the Board of Education is planning to hold a public hearing with Havre de Grace residents on the issue of a new high school in Havre de Grace.

County Executive David Craig—who and has repeatedly —Monday offered a quote from the high school principal requesting a new school in 1947.

Craig quoted the principal: "When society was relatively simple the 'Three R's' were enough for most children, but modern society has moved and we need to make sure that they have a fair chance for the national and international problems that children did not cause."

Mayor Wayne Dougherty has agreed to waive all capital cost recovery fees for the field house project, saving thousands of dollars for the school system.

Before Monday's vote, Craig said: "That was the main issue, and I think that is on your agenda for tonight, and I hope you can support that and we will continue to do that as these projects move forward on the field restoration for all other schools on making them equal."

The field house is planned for the endzone corner where the current temporary snack sheds are located.

According to the Board of Education, the project is proposed to include the following:

  • construction and site improvements
  • referee's room
  • canopy over concessions area
  • new parking at site entrance
  • recycled asphalt walkway from entrance to home grandstand
  • fence replacement in field house area
  • concrete pad and planter for future statue at field entrance
  • new flagpoles with up-lighting 
  • installing brick paving from entrance to grandstand

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