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Board approves synthetic field
by Tim Delaney
May 24, 2013 | 2104 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The chronic problem of bad soil deep in the ground at Bobcat Stadium will be solved with the installation of artificial turf, said head coach Jason Herring on Monday, May 20.
Contributed photo The chronic problem of bad soil deep in the ground at Bobcat Stadium will be solved with the installation of artificial turf, said head coach Jason Herring on Monday, May 20.
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REFUGIO – With enough money in the bank and guarantees that it was a good idea, the Refugio school board unanimously voted Monday, May 20, to construct an artificial turf field at Bobcat Stadium, replacing the grass turf.

The breakdown of the cost was $780,000 for the artificial turf field, $45,000 for the engineer and $45,000 for the lime stabilization, bringing the total to $870,000.

The school board already had in its budget to resurface the seven-lane track at a cost of $80,000.

The board hired Burnside Services Inc. of Navasota to construct the field.

The company puts more fiber in the turf – 60 ounces of fiber per square yard as opposed to the other bid’s 40 ounces of fiber per square yard.

The thoughts were that the company offered a better product that would last longer.

Noted was that grass costs the district $23,000 to $40,000 a year, while the artificial turf would cost around $50,000 to replace after 10 years.

Superintendent Jack Gaskins said a line item would be created for the field turf, while labor, water, fertilizer and chemicals for the grass field would go away.

Head coach Jason Herring said soil samples taken by a company in Victoria 10 feet down at the stadium smelled like gas and oil.

He said that’s why the grass has a hard time growing on the field.

Board member Jorge Jaso made the motion to construct the field, and Eugene Lewis seconded.

The vote was unanimous.

Gaskins complimented Rene Mascorro and Herring for their work gathering donations. He also complimented Bobcat football team members for raising $15,000 toward the project.

Donations amounted to $447,715, and more were being made. There were 80 entities who donated. And the school district committed $250,000 of the money needed.

The school board also unanimously hired PBK Sports as the engineer who will oversee the project at a cost of $45,000.

Trey Schneider, president of PBK, said his company also has done engineering of artificial turf in Tuloso-Midway, Cuero, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Javelina Stadium and Corpus Christi ISD, to name a few.

“Refugio is one of the few stadiums that sits on the roadway. It’s high profile,” Schneider said.

He said having Burnside Services as contractor was a benefit.

“They are the best in the industry. We have a great team from that perspective,” Schneider said.

“You’re our marketing from now on,” he added.

Schneider said there are four good reasons for a synthetic field: safety, playability, durability and aesthetics.

He said installation would take up to 75 days to complete, barring any bad weather.

Also, Gaskins called a meeting for noon, May 29 , to create a summa cum laude honor for graduating students who have an average of 100 or more.

Joyce McGuill said five students have met that criteria and should be recognized for their achievements.

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