GILMER — The Board of Trustees of the Gilmer Independent School District on Monday night approved upgrades to several school athletic facilities, including the resurfacing and re-striping of the track at Buckeye Stadium.

The board also approved borrowing $500,000 at three percent interest from Gilmer National Bank, partly to finance the athletic-related projects.

Trustees approved Pro Tech Track of Tyler's lone bid of $124,000 to improve the facility which school Superintendent Rick Albritton said had not been resurfaced in eight or nine years.

The board also approved paying Specialist Supply and Installation, LLC $71,150 to replace high school gymnasium bleachers which Albritton said are about 27-28 years old.

Steve Schoon, the school district's maintenance and transportation director, said the school is looking into installing electrically-operated bleachers, and that the district could sell parts of the current bleachers.

Trustees also accepted a $14,550 price from R&R Paint Company of Gilmer for painting the visitors' side bleachers at the stadium, where much of the work on a $1.8 million renovation on the home side has been completed. (Home side stands have been expanded, and a new two-story press box has been built).

The board also Monday approved a budget amendment — a line-item transfer of $40,000 — for "corrective work" on the high school softball and baseball fields.

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