Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

November 16, 2012

Troup ISD approves softball field renovations

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

TROUP — Renovation of softball field used by Troup ISD students and local Little League members will begin after the Thanksgiving holiday, with the blessing of the local school board, who earlier this week voted to act on a proposal suggesting improvements.

District support services director Dewayne Brown said that plans call for removing and replacing dirt from the infield, as well as drainage improvement, something the district undertakes every few years to ensure field remains in top condition.

“The infield seems to have a lot of rocks – it became a little rough (because) debris mixed into the soil and compacted,” he explained. “Softball and baseball fields have to be maintained continuously for them to remain playable, so we're going to improve it with a different soil and a conditioner mix.”

The field sees a lot of usage between the school's softball team, whose season begins Feb. 1, and Little League teams, who play through the month of August.

“It's just an area that requires a lot of maintenance,” he said.

The $30,900 renovation project is under the direction of FIG Enterprises of Jacksonville, and is expected to be completed within a two-week period.

To help keep the area properly maintained, the district also approved the purchase of a $3,114 “Rascal,” a piece of pull-along equipment that allows the operator to maintain the surface of the field, much in the way a grader does, Brown said.

In other action, the district granted Brown to go out for proposals on a 78-passenger bus to be used for school trips and as a regular route bus.

“We usually purchase one bus a year to keep our fleet up-to-date, but we skipped (buying any) last year because we had purchased two buses the year before,” he said.

A construction project that will create two new tennis courts at the high school is moving along smoothly, Brown said.

Along with the courts, restroom and storage facilities are being built for that area.

In addition, the district has ordered renovation at its ag farm, located half a mile from Bullard High School on Texas Highway 135.