Turf renovation complete at Wildcat Stadium

27 July 2017

Wildcat Stadium will have a new look this fall now that new turf has been put down.

In an update to Elgin ISD board members during a meeting on July 17, Rainey Lann, executive director of operations, said the turf renovation at the high school stadium was “substantially complete” with only a few things on the punch list for the contractor to address in the next few weeks.

Lann said he had walked the field with Athletic Director Jens Anderson, who approved the new turf, which was laid out in an alternating green pattern with purple endzones and a white ‘E’ in the center.

New covers for the sand pits at the end of the field should come in before the start of football practices, while the goal posts were repainted with a fresh coat of day-glow yellow. Lann said there was a paint spill on the track while the goal posts were being repainted, in front of the home stands, but the contractor was aware of the stain and was working on a fix.

“Overall, it was a successful project and came in a little under budget,” Lann told the board.

In other parts of the district, the roofing project at Booker T. Washington Elementary is moving along very quickly. The roof replacement required crews to strip all the roofing down to the wood deck, which administrators were concerned would need replacing, but Lann said very little of the deck was in need of repair.

The project is on track to be mostly wrapped up by Aug. 10, with potentially only gutters needing to be installed after the school start date.

Restroom renovations at Booker T. Washington Elementary School are on schedule for completion by Aug. 11.

Challenges with utility connection with the new modular building at Elgin Elementary School have slowed things down some on that project, Lann said. The project is still on schedule, but Oncor is behind on getting utilities underground from the pole to the building. “We will be getting permanent power a little later than we hoped,” Lann said.

The project is still on budget, he added. Trustee Beth Walterscheidt thanked Lann for his work on identifying and coordinating these renovation projects around the district.

“It will just look better and I think it will make a difference in just the attitude of teachers and students,” she said.