ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - It doesn’t take a First Alert Weather Day for baseball fields at Dougherty County Schools to become unusable.
But when inclement weather does roll in, practices become increasingly limited for Dougherty, Monroe, and Westover baseball teams.
School administrators are now addressing those concerns.
In a January 27 board meeting, $270,000 dollars was approved for upgrading those three fields and fencing.
LaKisha Bruce, Director of Community Relations for the Dougherty County School System said they also have plans in place to enhance the fields.
”I think the goal right now, is to make sure the fields are functional and practical for the season. Because we’re already in the midst of the baseball season. However, the enhancements that we want to bring to the fields is to make sure they have the pristine conditions that they need and deserve for practice and competition moving forward. So again, our plans are just in the beginning phase. But we are exploring different things are we continue to move through this process for the project,” said Bruce.
The plans, delayed because of COVID-19.
Bruce told me the initial investment into the baseball programs started at the middle school level, where they put over a million dollars into those facilities.
That project was completed in January of 2020.
Now, Bruce said it’s time for the high school fields.
”We’re committed to giving our coaches and players the fields that they deserve, for practice and competition. But it is a process and it doesn’t happen overnight. The priority was to get the fields useable for this season. We had a lot of projects delayed by COVID impact last year. So, we were able to get some things done so they could play on the field this season. And actually, some things are going to be a little on pause until we can get them expedited again now that we’re back in the swing of everything,” said Bruce.
Right now, a timeline to start this project has not yet been determined.
We will update you as this project develops.