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BISD improves practice field

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Photo by Carolyn B. Edwards
Bandera ISD has completed improvements on the practice field at Bandera High School. The project included fencing, reshaping the crown of the field, irrigation system improvements and reseeding.

Bandera ISD Maintenance Director Ed Barnes updated the district's board of trustees on improvements to the Bulldog practice field during their May meeting, held Monday, May 12.
Barnes said the improvements aim to improve the turf on the field, located on the lower level of the Bandera High School property along Old San Antonio Highway.
"The field has had a lot of problems," said Barnes. "Not just the drought, but deer, occasional livestock and shallow soil." Barnes said recent upgrades to the BHS track at the adjoining Bulldog Stadium also led to more use of the practice field during the construction period.
The field starts off looking fairly good in the Fall, but gets very bare down the center as the school year goes along, Barnes said. "The irrigation system is marginal," added Barnes.
The district has now installed a seven-foot chain link fence around the field to prevent the entrance of deer and livestock. The fence has several lockable gates to allow entrance and egress, while controlling unauthorized access to the field.
Brush and cactus were cleared from the southernmost corner of the lot and the topsoil smoothed out.
Part of the improvements included adding 180 yards of soil to slightly elevate the center of the field and create a seedbed. The irrigation system was repaired and improved as well.
The improved field has been seeded and fertilized and will not be available for use until August 1, Barnes concluded.
Barnes also informed the board that the bid structure for the district's landscaping has been changed to encourage more bids from smaller local landscapers. "[Formerly] the bids were submitted as a district totality contract," Barnes said. Under the new standards, a company can bid by campus or district wide. The district's current landscaping contract is with Hilltop Landscaping which expires June 30.