Livingston — The Livingston Parish School Board on Monday awarded a contract for $1.7 million in upgrades to the Walker High School football field they hope will be completed in time for the fall season.
The project had been delayed because of concerns about a previous call for bids. The language in the previous call was based on an old law that allowed government bodies to require contractors have a certain amount of experience, said architect Gene Eleazar of Alvin Fairburn & Associates. It was not immediately clear what experience was required in the School Board’s previous call for bids for the football field project.
Under the previous regulation, a contractor with decades of experience could open a new company but be ineligible for government contracts because his business was not old enough to meet the requirements, Eleazar said.
The new call for bids demands only that the contractor be qualified for the job.
One qualification for the new football field is the ability to work fast.
Board member Jimmy Watson, who asked for the special meeting, said crews will have 100 days to complete the project, which includes a new turf field, track and lights.
“I’d be happy to get it finished by the end of August,” he said.
That would be in time for the first game of the season, but only by a few days. The exact schedules haven’t been determined, but the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will allow next fall’s football games to begin Sept. 4, Assistant Superintendant Rick Wentzel said.
Jamborees, which feature short exhibition games, are scheduled for the last week in August, and the field may not be ready in time for games to be hosted at Walker High.
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