The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved bids during a special board meeting on February 7, to install an aisle handrail system at Boggus Stadium and carry out lighting upgrades at several elementary campuses.
The district awarded the railing project to Sturdisteel for $148,945. Upgrades will include the installation of railings throughout all the aisles of the home and visitor sides of the stadium.
“It’s for everyone climbing the stairs. In case someone loses their balance, they can hold on to the rail,” said Oscar Tapia, Assistant Superintendent for District Operation/School Safety. “From children to adults to seniors, the new system will enhance safety for all who visit Boggus Stadium.”
Work at Boggus is expected to begin during the summer and should be completed by the start of the 2017 football season.
As part of the district’s energy conservation plan, HCISD continues to find ways to save electricity. LED lighting upgrades will take place at 13 elementary schools.
“Some elementary schools have already had some improvements over the years, so in some cases, it’s just partial. Upgrades could take place in the cafeteria, the gym, in a hallway, or just in certain classrooms; every school is different,” said Tapia. “This will help reduce our utility usage and our utility bills for the year.”
The LED lighting project was awarded to Metro Electric at the cost of $991,522. Work will commence over the next 3-4 weeks and will continue through the summer with an expected completion set for August 2017.