Mansfield News

District plans facility upgrades

Mansfield’s school board has some updating to do, and leftover bond money to pay for it.

At the March 2 board meeting, trustees looked at renovations and upgrades to R.L. Anderson Stadium, including new locker rooms, concession stands, bathrooms, parking and a new press box.

“I was seeking input on the magnitude of the project,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeff Brogden. “If we do everything, it will be about $9 million.”

In 2011, voters approved $3 million for stadium renovation in the $198.53 million bond. The additional $6 million would have to come from leftover funds from the 2006 bond program, Brogden said.

The stadium at 1016 Magnolia Street was built in 1955, updated in 1997 and again in 2013. If approved, renovations on the stadium would begin in November and be completed before school begins in the fall of 2016.

Trustees approved $3 million renovations to the adjacent R.L. Anderson Building, which houses curriculum coordinators, special education and administration, to update bathrooms, training rooms and add an elevator. The funds for the upgrades will come from the 2011 bond program. While the building is renovated from June through May 2016, the staff will use the original Tarver Rendon Elementary building.

Also approved was an $680,000 update to the district’s new student nutrition building, which will add a test kitchen and update offices and training rooms. The building at 1151 Mansfield Webb Road in Arlington, which will house 32 staff members, was purchased from Walnut Ridge Baptist Church for $2.5 million in February 2014. The Community at Lake Ridge church was leasing the 17,046-square-foot building and 12 acres and will continue to hold services there until their new church is built. Funds from the 2006 bond program were used to purchase and renovate the building.

Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451

Twitter: @AmandaRogersNM