The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees has voted to approve the installation of a synthetic surface at Dragon Stadium at a special called meeting Thursday. By a 4-1vote and one abstention, the project will move forward with Hellas Construction to do the turn-key job for some $800,000. Superintendent Dr. Ray West said the turf project will be paid for by funds on hand for improvement of facilities.
“It’s a logical next step for us, after putting in the bleachers, track and other facility improvements," commented Dr. West. "It’s a nice thing for our kids, in athletics, band and other extra-curricular events. We’re gonna benefit from this for a long time.” He added, “It’s a great step forward for the Shelbyville ISD.”
Voting against the project was Trustee Joey Lawson, who told me he wasn’t against the turf, saying the timing was not right, and felt it would be expensive in the long run. He added he felt the money could be better utilized.
Abstaining was Trustee Etola Jones.
Dr. West said as soon as football season is over, which optimistically he said would be in December, the three-month project of installing the turf would begin, and be complete by the start of track season.
Hellas’ clients include AT&T Stadium, Baylor, SFA, as well as the surface at Roughrider Stadium in Center, San Augustine and the Carthage ISD.
The expected life of the turf is 10 years.