— KEYSER, W.Va. - The Mineral County Board of Education on Tuesday approved bids for Frankfort High School to upgrade its track, bleachers and bathrooms.
At a June meeting, the board agreed to give the school $300,000 for the project. Anything over that amount will be paid for by the athletic boosters club, said Missy Clark, boosters vice president.
“Without a doubt we will have the upgrades complete by the first home football game Aug. 29,” said Clark. “I have been very clear with the vendors that we need to have things completed by then. It may be close on a few things but it will be done.”
The renovations are needed, Clark said of poorly ventilated bathrooms that haven’t been upgraded since the ticket and concessions booths were built 30 years ago.
Additionally, 23-year-old asphalt on the track and bent bleachers are a safety concern, she said.
“These upgrades are vital to the stadium and it’s been a long time in coming,” said Clark. “We couldn’t have a meet on the track because no one wanted to run on old asphalt. All other schools are using a rubber track.”
The renovated track will include a rubber, six-lane surface.
Two transportable bleachers, 10 rows high and 15 feet long, will be added to the baseball, softball and possibly football fields, said board member Kevin Watson.
About 32 volunteers, including 11 of the school's football players, are also working to remove a fence and paint the press box, concession and ticket buildings.
“I’m so lucky to have them. When it’s all said and done we are going to have a stadium that the students and the community can be really proud of,” said Clark.
While the boosters funded former improvments to the stadium, the board's help was needed to complete the current large undertaking, Clark said.