Construction is currently underway at Leopard Stadium while the Banks County High School track and field facilities undergo a makeover.
By next fall, the Leopards will be running on an eight-lane rubberized surface and will have Georgia High School Sports Association (GHSA) approved facilities capable of hosting officially sanctioned meets.
Previously, the facilities consisted of a six-lane asphalt track and asphalt pits. The one-time regulation facilities lacked proper pits and surfaces that the GHSA now requires any host schools to have.
The Banks County Board of Education began pursuing a construction contract early this year, but had planned to undertake the project for quite some time.
On April 23, the BOE unanimously approved spending $567,207 to make renovations and improvements on the facilities. The base bid price for the track was $559,500, while the pits added an additional $7,707 to the expenses. The BOE also plans to purchase any regulation equipment necessary to host meets.
Banks County High School track and field coach Josh Shoemaker said he’s enthused to be able to host meets next season.
“There’s no doubt that this will do nothing but help our athletic programs” he said. “We are working on getting a middle school track program. And of course, now our kids can actually run at home. We have some plans for some big meets to run next year and we are all excited about it.