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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

BURNET — The Burnet school district will contract with Symmetry Turf to install artificial turf and a track at Bulldog Field.

Burnet Consolidated Independent School District board members approved the contract at a regular meeting March 23.

The total cost of the work at the facility is projected at $1,544,970, which was approved by voters during the November election as part of a $26.7 million bond.   

Administrators used a scoring system in deciding on Symmetry Turf, according to athletic director Kurt Jones. Three other companies bid on the project, he said.

“Pricing was definitely part of the scoring,” he said. “Pricing carried the heaviest weight. We also walked (Symmetry Turf’s) smaller high school projects.”

Symmetry Turf has also installed playing surfaces for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings and the NCAA’s Houston Cougars and Arkansas Razorbacks.

The track surface is from Beynon, while the artificial turf is made by Greenfields.

“It’s exciting for our kids,” Jones said. “It’s something you want your kids to be able to have — a sharp, first-class facility to go out and compete.”

The original projected construction start date was April 20, but so graduation ceremonies could be held at the stadium May 29, the school district is allowing work to begin April 6.

Jones said coaches have reached out to other high schools to see if Burnet athletes qualifying for the area track meet can use those schools’ facilities to prepare.

“Where we’re situated, we have schools relatively close to us,” he said.

Marble Falls, Liberty Hill, Lampasas and Llano are no more than 25-minute drives from Burnet.

Jones said administrators are still searching for a company to install the fencing around Bulldog Field. He also announced he’ll be looking for a new swimming coach. Nancy Moore is retiring from teaching and coaching.

jfierro@thepicayune.com