School board OKs replacing tennis courts

A crack spreads across the tennis courts at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. The Region 16 Board of Education has approved replacing the courts. –ELIO GUGLIOTTI

BEACON FALLS — The tennis courts at Woodland Regional High School are set to get a makeover.

The Region 16 Board of Education last week approved moving forward with replacing the school’s six tennis courts, which date back to when the school opened in the early 2000s. Repairs have been made to the courts over the years, but they now have sizeable cracks across them.

The board, which waived the bid process for the project, awarded the work to R.S. Site and Sports out of Seymour for $385,500. The company submitted the lowest of three quotes for the job, with the highest coming in at about $639,000, Director of Facilities Steve Martoni said.

The company will install post tension concrete tennis courts over the existing asphalt tennis courts, instead of reclaiming the asphalt, according to the proposal. Martoni said this saves a lot of money on the project.

The company describes post-tensioning as a method of strengthening concrete or other materials with high-strength steel strands of barsor tendons. It’s a process commonly used when building parking structures, bridges and sports stadiums, the company’s website states.

The project also includes installing new tennis net posts and tennis nets as well as lining and color coating the courts.

The board approved transferring $200,000 from its capital non-recurring fund for the project, which leaves about $80,000 in the fund, Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said. The remaining $185,500 will come from surplus funds in the 2018-19 school budget, Yamin said.

The work is expected to start in the fall and be done before for the tennis season in the spring.