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School Board Votes to Construct New Press Box at Field

Safety issues sole reason for decision


Termite damage seen on the steps leading into the press box. Termite damage seen on the steps leading into the press box. The Lexington Independent School District’s Board of Trustees met in their regular June board meeting this past Monday, and approved the tear down of the existing press box at Eagle Stadium, along with constructing a new one. A Facilities Utilization Study last year deemed the press box to be unsafe. Their study revealed extensive termite damage, which has weakened the structure. Although the structure has been strengthened by steel supports, damage to the floor, walls, and roof are concerning.

Dr. Frances McArthur, Superintendent of Schools, assured trustees, “(that) while the new press box will be quite a bit smaller than the existing press box, it will be safe.”

The new press box will be thirty feet long and eight feet wide with a sloped glass energy efficient window along the front. The current press box is over 400 square feet, almost twice the size of the planned replacement facility.


More termite damage seen along the top of the stands at the press box. 
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY LISD. More termite damage seen along the top of the stands at the press box. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY LISD. Work on the press box will begin immediately and is scheduled to be complete by August 27, 2012, in time for the 2012-13 school year’s sporting events.

In other action, the LISD Board of Trustees will hold a budget workshop and meeting on June 28th. The workshop begins at 7:00 p.m. and the Lexington Community is encouraged by the Superintendent and the Trustees to become involved and attend school board meetings.

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