The Joplin School Board will consider a proposal from the athletics program on Tuesday to replace the artificial turf on the Joplin High School softball field.

Administrators will recommend that the project be completed by Mid-America Sports Construction for $355,151.

Mid-America submitted the lower of two bids for the project, according to board documents. The other offer came from Shaw Sports Turf in the amount of $376,083.

The turf currently on the softball field has been in place since 2014, administrators said in documentation provided to the board.

“The surface has served the district well for nine softball seasons, including this fall, by allowing games to be played as scheduled, even in wet conditions,” the administration wrote. “During this time, the softball field experienced normal issues due to fiber breakdown, such as loss of infill and damaged seams.”

The district plans to eventually replace all four grass pitches at Joplin High School, and its independent field-testing contractor, Midwest GMAX, has recommended that the school begin with the softball field first at the end of the 2022 season.

The cost of the turf replacement will be funded through the District’s 2022-23 capital budget.

In other business on Tuesday, the board will consider:

• The renewal of annual contracts between the school district and a number of community agencies for student services, such as speech therapy, sign language interpretation and autism services.

• Department-level plans for communications, technology, and curriculum/teaching to set goals and align with the new district strategic plan.

• The district’s COVID-19 plan, which must be reviewed and approved every six months.

• The district health plan for employees. The current medical insurance contract is due to expire on September 30.

• A proposal for an Employee Assistance Program in support of a newly created objective in the strategic plan that prioritizes “staff mental health needs”.