BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A single complaint someone made last year about the Brookfield School District’s football stadium, has led to an expensive problem.
Because of that complaint, Brookfield’s Superintendent Tim Saxton was contacted by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in 2014. The commission told him the district violated numerous rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act with their Addison Road field, and that the condition of the stadium must be upgraded.
In May, the district learned they must add appropriate parking, seating and restrooms for wheelchair-bound visitors, and the commission wants the changes finished by the end of August.
Saxton says to modify the entire stadium would cost the district around $500 thousand: an amount they have less than half of right now.
A state-mandated oversight committee must also approve or deny any large amount the district spends. Without any major changes, the district may have to rent out nearby fields to use as their “home” field for the upcoming season, which is another cost in itself.
So what the weight on Superintendent Saxton’s shoulders comes down to, is do they put half-a-million dollars into a 65-year-old stadium with a rich history, or consider building a new stadium which could cost up to $1.5 million?
Brookfield is still in a fiscal emergency and Saxton is putting it up to the community to see if any person or business is willing to help out with donations. He also wants to hear from the community to see what direction they think the district should go.
On Wednesday, June 17, two informative meetings will be held in the auditorium at Brookfield Local High School at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to discuss the stadiums issues.
You can read more about this story in the Sharon Herald.