High school tennis courts now under construction

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By Kristin Beck

If you have driven down Hwy. 227 past the Carroll County High School in the past week, you may have noticed something is missing.

Construction began last week on the installation of the new tennis courts at the high school, meaning the old ones had to be removed. Tennis Technology Inc. of Louisville won the bid for the project at a cost of $103,222. The bid included three new courts, net posts and a vinyl coated fence with two gates. The company also will fix the drainage issues by installing a perimeter drainage system.

The completion date is weather-dependent, but typically takes two to two-and-a-half weeks, Chief Operating Officer/Director of Pupil Personnel Larry Curell said Monday.

Before accepting the bid May 23, the Carroll County Board of Education voted to reject the original bids presented at the March 28 meeting, which included four courts and new lights. The specifications on the courts were changed, and the lights were tabled.

In a May 29 News-Democrat article, Curell said the board wanted to install the new courts first and then evaluate whether to install lights.

Curell said Monday that the board opted to add the lights back into the project. The lights were bid separately from the court construction. The board will vote to approve a bid at their next meeting July 25 at Carroll County High School.

Funds for the court construction will come out of the 2012-2013 budget, while the lights will be included in the 2013-2014 budget, he said. Curell said the plan all along was to do both the court construction and install new lights, and the district believes it can do that now.

“I think it’s great we’re getting new courts with lights,” Athletic Director Paul Stone said. “We will have some of our tennis matches there.”

Which matches may depend on the size of the opposing school’s team.

Currently, the high school boys and girls tennis teams play their home matches at Carroll County Westrick Park. The high school will only have three courts the same as before whereas the county park has four courts. Both courts could be in use at the same time, like when Carroll County hosted the NCKC tournament last season, Stone said.