Athletic upgrades of $1.135 million expected

Upgrades and reconstruction at a trio of secondary campus athletic facilities is expected to have a price tag of $1.135 million, according to Hays CISD officials.

Those upgrades include an expansion of Lehman High’s Lobo Field by approximately 500 seats, as well as an upgrade of metal bleachers at Wallace and Dahlstrom middle schools. Hays CISD’s Board of Trustees will decide on the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) for the projects March 26.

Max Cleaver, Hays CISD chief operation officer, said the combined amount for the three projects came in just under the district’s budgeted amount of $1.27 million.

That amount was approved by Hays CISD voters as part of Proposition 2 of the district’s May 2017 bond package.

The total GMP includes a $60,000 contingency, along with $5,000 that goes toward utility relocation at Dahlstrom.

However, Cleaver said the individual project amounts for the Dahlstrom and Wallace projects “came in higher than expected.”

Grandstand improvements at Dahlstrom is expected to cost just over $452,000, while the cost at Wallace for grandstand upgrades is roughly $451,000. The costs include installation of light towers.

Cleaver said the reason for the higher price tag at Dahlstrom was due to additional earthwork to place a new concrete pad.

However, Hays CISD has not yet determined how it will approach restroom facilities at the Dahlstrom or Wallace playing fields.

That problem arose after Cleaver confirmed the GMP didn’t include restroom facilities.

In February, Hays CISD officials brainstormed ideas for a restroom facility, which included possibly using existing portable buildings.

Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer, said the district is awaiting results from a report on the cost of utility relocation at the middle school playing fields.

Savoy said the district plans to use those results to determine the total cost to build a restroom facility on-site.

“Once we get the pricing back, it may be something the district could use operational money for, or it could be a candidate for a future bond,” Savoy said. “We won’t know until we get the prices back.

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