(ERIE, N.Y. - WICU/WSEE/CW) –The Erie School District has decided to temporarily waive its contractor apprenticeship requirement.

Erie School District Superintendent Brian Polito told Erie News Now the move was made in order to move forward on planned renovations to the turf at Erie’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

At a meeting in February, the school board voted to slightly tweak their responsible contractor policy, which requires all contractor bids to have some form of an apprenticeship program.

The tweak made it so the district could review a bidder’s qualifications at the start of the bidding process, rather than the end.

While the district has not accepted a bid at this time, Polito says there were no available turf contractors who carried certified apprenticeships, which raised some concerns.

The 95-year-old stadium is facing a $1.3 million project, which includes a turf overhaul, among other areas of the stadium.

Polito says there should not be any delay on the project.


Superintendent Polito told Erie New Now the district will meet with board members, administrators and members of the Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium Commission to discuss recommendations for what to do with the stadium’s 50-yard line logo.

As Erie News Now has been reporting, the district’s proposal to change the current logo to an Erie High Royals logo has caused some outrage.

At Wednesday night’s board meeting, Board Vice President John Harkins said he believes the district should think twice before changing the logo.

 Polito says the first meeting will take some time next week.