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High schools to get improvements

CONYERS - The Rockdale County Board of Education approved last Thursday more than $6 million worth of improvements at Heritage and Salem high schools' athletic facilities.

Mooney Construction Inc., the low bidder, will complete the work for $6,273,000.

"The scope of this project involves the construction of new athletic facilities and an upgrade of existing facilities," said Superintendent Samuel King at the BOE's work session earlier this month.

At Heritage, improvements will be made to visitor seating, ticket booths and construction of an entrance plaza, a visitor's locker room, a concession stand and bathroom facility, fencing, softball field lighting and stormwater improvements, including work needed for the fine arts addition to the school.

Work at Salem includes home seating and a press box, softball and stadium lighting, ticket booths and entrances, fencing, irrigation systems and stormwater and water quality improvements that also includes work needed for its fine arts addition. The project also includes an athletic building with home and visitor locker rooms, concessions, restrooms, athletic storage and a multi-purpose room.

Phil Budensiek, chief operating officer for Rockdale County Public Schools, said the construction company is already starting preliminary work.

"Some of (the construction) will be completed by next fall; of course, that's weather-related," Budensiek said. "But different parts will be done before that."

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.