JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
LLANO — Facilities upgrades for the Llano High School athletic department will not be ready for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year, athletic director Craig Slaughter announced Oct. 17.
That includes the new baseball and softball fields that were projected to be ready by the 2015 season, which begins in February, an indoor facility, artificial turf and a new track at Llano Stadium.
The planning committee met Oct. 16 to look at the timeline, he said. That’s when the committee determined it’s in the best interests of the department and the community to have a few more months.
The biggest reason for the decision is because of cost.
“We had some bids coming in over budget,” Slaughter said.
The goal is to install the turf and track in April so they’ll be ready for the 2015 football season. After those are finished, workers will start on the baseball and softball fields.
The athletic director acknowledged frustration because committee members wanted the fields to be ready by the 2015 baseball and softball seasons. Still, residents can rest assured the facilities that will be created will be a source of pride for the Llano community, he said.
“It’s definitely a unique experience,” Slaughter said of serving on the planning committee. “You feel pressure. Those are big decisions. I want to make sure we get them right. I want to make sure we’re making the right choices.”