School board approves payments

HARLINGEN — The school board has approved payments for several projects in the Harlingen school district at a regular meeting.

The board approved a final payment to FieldTurf USA for the artificial turf at the new tracks at Harlingen High School and Harlingen High School South.

“They were finished months ago, but there were these small items they had to complete, some documentations, some maintenance manuals,” said Oscar Tapia, assistant superintendent for district operations.

That final payment was $190,720. The entire project for both tracks was $3,814,400 in Tax Ratification Election — TRE — funds.

Another final payment is being made to G&G Contractors for work on multipurpose buildings at four elementary schools. These were being used as mini gyms, among other purposes.

“The walls of the interior just had insulation with chicken wire,” Tapia said. “With time you keep throwing balls at it and with the weather, it was getting loose and it was unsightly. So we put some metal panels to cover that and hold everything in. The metal panels also provide some acoustical properties to soften the noise.”

The final payment, Tapia said, was for $18,721. The entire project cost $220,169 in TRE funds.

The board has also approved a change order in the amount of $7,327 for a project to create security fencing and gate improvements at three high schools. This is in addition to the $365,476 in TRE funds already allotted for the security measures at Harlingen High School, Harlingen High School South and the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy.