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MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board approved a preliminary estimated budget of nearly $2.3 million for synthetic turf and track re-surfacing at the Tom Landry Stadium and Veterans Memorial High School Stadium on Wednesday.

During the district’s committee meetings last week, Superintendent Ricardo Lopez recommended they look at the addition of synthetic turf.

“We are having to redo our tracks at both VMHS and at Tom Landry Stadium,” Lopez said. “Because we are looking at the tracks, we need to examine whether we want to move forward on surface turf. Once we do the tracks, we are not going to tear up the track again after spending all of that money to add turf.”

The preliminary budget shows an estimated cost of $830,000 for synthetic turf at Tom Landry Stadium, and a budget of $880,000 for the VMHS Stadium. Track lanes and soft costs make up the difference in the budget.

According to Rick Rivera, executive director for maintenance, facilities and construction, Tom Landry Stadium was last re-sodded 14-16 years ago. He said it is necessary to re-sod a field every 12 years.

The district spends $23,000 annually at the Tom Landry Stadium for fertilizer, herbicides, water, top dressing, aeration and painting. Another $16,000 is used for labor costs. Annual maintenance cost for the VMHS Stadium is about $11,500 and labor costs total $12,000.

The board approved the district’s on-call civil engineer, Javier Hinojosa, to oversee and administer the project.

Lopez said administration would wait until the end of the school year, after soccer season, to begin construction. He added they would like projects at both stadiums to be complete by the end of June 2014.

“It’s an underuse of a beautiful stadium. Turf would allow band, football and soccer to be using it consistently,” Lopez said. “Not just once and a while.”

The board approved an authorization for the district to seek proposals for the projects at each stadium, and approved a committee for the evaluation and ranking committee.

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