by: Michelle Linn Updated:
TULSA, Okla. - When students head back to class at Union High School, in a couple of weeks, they'll notice some big changes.
FOX23 took a tour of the new track and field facility.
Workers are still putting on the finishing touches, but it's on schedule to be finished by August 11, in time for the start of the new school year.
"The track itself was actually in such bad shape that you could actually pull pieces of track up," said Union Assistant Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead.
"We also have grown our program so large, that we did not have adequate locker space," said Bushyhead.
"We’ve got locker rooms for boys and girls, a concession area, coaches' offices, and then a ticket booth. This is a really nice facility. This turned out great," said Bushyhead.
He tells FOX23 voters approved a 2013 bond measure, that included $4.8 million for these track improvements.
"Our bond passed last year at 80%," said Bushyhead.
Bushyhead says academics are obviously the district's priority, but district leaders understand the importance of extra-curricular activities in contributing to students' overall success.
"We know that students that are involved in activities are going to be more successful in the classroom. Sometimes that special person in a kid’s life is a coach," said Bushyhead.
The facility includes: a new concession stand, locker rooms, ticket office, and restrooms, a new plaza for spectators and teams, an artificial turf football field, a new track surface, a new press box, wheelchair ramps to make the stands ADA compliant, a new scoreboard, a new band observation tower, and a new discus and shot throwing area.