SISD to remodel fieldhouse, gym showers

Approval was given during Monday night's meeting of the Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees toward the remodel of the Sweetwater High School field house and showers at the high school gym.Sweetwater ISD Superintendent Terry Pittman showed photos to the board and discussed the project, in that since being built in 1982, no major work has been done at the field house. The field house showers leak and out of the eighteen total showers, only around eight work. Typically, the showers are used when the district hosts football games for out of town guests.The ceiling also has some damage, and the cages inside the field house are to be removed. One of the big concerns is privacy--as the field house has transformed to be a multipurpose facility for girls' and boys' athletic programs--which will be addressed with the remodel.In addition, the showers at the gym are in major need of repair, notably the plumbing. The girls' showers would include a private dressing area, while tile would replace the carpet in the boys' area.Sweetwater ISD Business Manager Nathan Ehlert spoke on the financial aspect of the project, which would total around $172,000. Its breakdown stands at around $100,000 for the field house, around $43,000 for the girls locker room and about $29,000 for the boys locker room.Only one bid was submitted for the project by Black Plumbing. The project would take place this summer, along with the project for the seating at the Mustang Bowl. Discussion was held on other potential projects within the district for the future, such as bleachers, a concession stand and bathrooms at the high school track. To cover the costs for the field house and gym projects, a proposal was given to move approximately $82,000--which was originally designated for a payment toward busses that is no longer necessary--to the maintenance budget, so that the project could be paid within the line item. Thus, an amendment for the 2013-2014 budget was also approved during the meeting.