MIDLOTHIAN

The Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees approved the schematic design of the improved Midlothian High School sports complex on Monday during their special meeting.

Dan Arrowood with HKS, Inc. presented the design of the W.G. Roesler Athletic Complex, which will include a primary turfed football field, entry plaza, ticket booth, concession stand and restroom building on the home side, and two practice football fields — one with artificial turf and the other grass.

The sports complex will also include a new, over 38,000-square foot field house — complete with an 8,000-square foot weight room. The field house would also be equipped with varsity and JV locker rooms for football and soccer and another locker room area for cross country and track athletes and a fourth area for golf.

There will be team showers and restrooms for students and a separate area for coaches inside the building. Also for coaches are offices, conference room, storage areas and laundry rooms.

A trainer suite will also be connected to the field house.

The existing field house will transform into a mat room and practice facility for wrestling. It will also include a locker room for wrestling athletes.

A concession stand and restroom building will be built, serving the stadium, which seats up to 1,150 people.

The completion date for the project is July 2019.

“Right now were are right on budget,” Arrowood elaborated.

Trustee Tami Tobey asked where the throwing events would be relocated. MISD Director of Athletics Steve Keasler confirmed discuss will be on the practice field and shot put will take place where discuss is now. The long jump pits will also remain in the same location.

Also approved by the board of trustees were the field projects for both middle schools. Both locations will upgrade bleachers, sports lighting, fencing and the concession buildings. These renovations are expected to be completed by the end of August.

If the upgrades are not completed, Midlothian ISD Superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter affirmed the board has a contingency plan in place in the case so that sporting events are not interrupted in the fall.

However, there was no decision reached to turf the middle school fields — yet.

The district is working with the City of Midlothian on an inter-local contract. The agreement involves sharing the middle school fields with the city and the city helping finance the field with no more than $1 million.

The board reviewed the contract and examined the limitations and is considering shortening the 10-year contract.

The board tabled the topic and will come back to it during the regular meeting May 21.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA

• The board of trustees agreed to swap 2.2 acres of land used for parking at Frank Seale Middle School with the City of Midlothian. The land will allow more space for field events.

• Ann Patton with TASB broke down how MISD pays employees. She compared the district to surrounding schools. She concluded the paying system in place “is great for teachers.” Patton also pointed out MISD always gave raises more than the median in the past three years.

• Approved the construction costs of the Vitosky, Longbranch, and Mountain Peak Elementary schools out of the 2016 bond program.

• Next meeting, Assistant Superintendent KayLynn Day will display the revised copy of the Students Rights and Responsibilities.

• The board also conducted a budget workshop.

The next general meeting will take place on Monday, May 21.

 

Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450