North Zulch ISD track officially completed


NORTH ZULCH – Following months of delays, the North Zulch ISD track is complete and open to the public.

The $1.9 million facility was supposed to be finished by Thanksgiving but was plagued with problems, including concerns about whether Bryan-based contractor Dudley Construction was following the architect’s specifications related to a French drain.

School board members have expressed frustration over the length of the project but appeared pleased at a Thursday evening board meeting that the track is finally open.

“It’s done and the public can use it,” said Superintendent Doug Devine. “There are lights with a switch. The track is done.”

The school district’s administrators continue to work on minor issues such as the sprinkler system and a lighting timer for the track, but Devine said it was available for use as of Aug. 3.

Athletic Director Marshall Earnhart posted photos of the track and expressed his excitement about the new facility. North Zulch will compete as a 2A school this year and are attempting to upgrade athletic facilities in order to be competitive.

In other matters at the Aug. 4 meeting, the school board:

  • Approved a waiver for 2016-17 early release days.
  • Approved the purchase of cafeteria equipment.
  • Discussed setting the maintenance and operations and interest and sinking (bonded indebtedness) tax rates.