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The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a bid to replace existing running tracks at Coakley, Gutierrez, and Vela Middle Schools as part of continuing TRE projects.

“Students’ middle school years are where they lay the foundation for their high-school athletic careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “Having access to adequate equipment and facilities ensures that our students have a great learning environment where they can produce their very best. We thank our community as these upgrades would not have been possible without their support in the Tax Ratification Election.”

The district awarded the project to Beynon Company for $1.6 million. Upgrades will include a new track surface installation over an existing sub-base structure at Vela. Coakley and Gutierrez will receive complete new athletic tracks complete with the demolition of existing tracks, construction of new sub-base structures, and new track surface materials.

All three tracks will be six-lane Beynon Sports Tracks. The high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault running lanes will also receive new track surface material.

The estimated date of completion for the Vela and Gutierrez tracks is March 2017, and the Coakley track is expected to be finalized by June 2017.

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