New Tulia ISD Superintendent prepares for $17 million of improvements

    The playing surface at Tulia High School football stadium is being transformed from grass to turf as part of a $4 million project to upgrade facilities (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)<p>{/p}

    The Tulia Independent School District is now under the direction of a new superintendent. Tim Glover took over on Monday for Steve Post who retired at the end of the school year.

    “Tulia has everything I’m looking for,” said Tim Glover, Tulia ISD Superintendent. “It’s a small school with good kids and good people. It certainly has it challenges and I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running.”

    Glover tells ABC 7 News he accepted the position in May and is looking forward to the start of the upcoming school year. The district has $13 million worth of instructional facilities covered from a recent bond passage that the district hopes to have completed within two years. The district is moving forward with $4 million worth of facilities improvements to help improve the performance of athletes on the sports fields.

    “These are facility improvements that were paying for out of fund balance,” said Glover. “The current projects are going right now are new turf replacing grass at the high school football field and new lights at the softball field.

    By making the switch from grass to turf the district will save money over the course of time. The district can then in turn use the savings to pay for other projects as needed.

    “It’s more cost effective with the turf field than a regular sod field, said Glover. “There’s less maintenance and upkeep. We won’t have to use a lot of water. At the end of the day its more cost effective with a turf field.”

    Glover tells ABC 7 News the district is extending the Blended Learning Initiative for at least another year.

    “Ultimately were charged with improving student outcomes all the way from Pre-K through high school,” said Glover. “That’s what we’re going to focus on.”

    Glover tells ABC 7 News this will help the district with having students perform at levels the state of Texas expects the next generation to perform at. Work on installing the turf is expected to be completed before the start of the 2018 high school football season. First day of school is set for Aug. 15.

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