CARTHAGE — The Carthage ISD school board has approved a bevy of construction and safety projects with funding from bond monies set aside for routine maintenance and security.
The district will spend $31,480 to repair the track at Carthage High School. The board this week gave the bid to Hellas Construction. Interim Superintendent Jim Dunlap said the repairs would help the track make it through the next couple of seasons.
“It’ll get us through the next several years, but the track is going to need some major repairs in the foreseeable future,” he said.
The district also plans to replace flooring at the press box and field house at a cost of $115,188. Officials said the press box flooring needs to be replaced because the February freeze caused burst pipes. RFS Sports was awarded the bid.
The district also will replace turf at the Libby Elementary School playground at a cost of $397,510. Hellas Construction also was awarded that bid. Officials said the warranty for the current turf, which is nine years old, expired in 2020.
“The wear and tear on that turf has created really some significant safety issues,” Dunlap said. “The whole thing needs to be redone.”
The district will repair or refinish gymnasium floors at Carthage High School and Carthage Junior High School at a cost of $29,200. Dunlap said some of the work was due to roof issues, while other was just routine maintenance. Quality Hardware Floors was awarded that bid.
At Baker-Koonce Intermediate School and Carthage Primary School, the district will buy new vent hoods for the cafeteria kitchens to bring them up to code at a cost of $67,000. Dunlap said the cafeterias had been grandfathered in so they did not previously need to meet fire and safety codes, but he said it is time for the upgrades.
The district also will update its administration building, awarding a $39,628 bid to Vector Concepts to replace carpeting and then spending $25,900 for labor and $3,543 for paint to repaint the walls. Schumacher Construction was awarded the painting bid.
The district also approved the first phase in a three-phase plan to replace analog security radios with digital ones.
Phase 1 includes spending $34,181 to equip designated officials at the high school, administration and transportation with radios. Phase 2 includes all other campuses, maintenance and custodians at a cost of $35,000 to $40,000; and Phase 3 includes all buses at a cost of about $75,000.
Phase 2 and Phase 3 have not been approved by the board.
Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations Renee Risinger said the new radios will allow officials to communicate on and off-campus, including at several dead spots on campuses.
“It’s just a safety factor as far as seeing someone on campus,” she said. “Is it quicker to pick up a radio or is it quicker to punch in your phone number and call somebody?”
Risinger said the radios would be able to transmit and receive throughout the district’s 650-mile radius.
“If we’re talking at high school, we can hear it at Baker, at all the campuses, the bus barn, back to my house at Mt. Enterprise and to the state line,” she said. “That’s what we’re trying to improve on.”
In addition to those projects, trustees also approved a $106,210 purchase of two trucks, one for the ag department and a four-wheel drive truck for the maintenance department, from Pippen Motor Co.