Jasper High track, tennis courts near completion

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Jasper High School's new track and tennis complexes are near completion.

Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson updated school board members on both projects at a meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education on Aug. 25.

"The tennis courts are basically finished," Jackson said. "There's still a couple of little things. We've got to get with our coach and learn how they want the courts labeled."

The school's tennis courts span a large part of the Jasper High property and consist of multiple courts for play.  

"They look amazing. It's beautiful. It looks really, really great," board of education member Mary Beth Barber said. "It looks like a college."

The Jasper High track is taking shape, despite some rain delays. Jackson said crews have been working on concrete pouring and installing an irrigation system. Graveling and laser grading are also set to occur.

"The track and the tennis courts, I think, have added so much to that school, the whole facility," Jackson said.

The Daily Mountain Eagle reported in August 2019 that the combined cost for the track and tennis courts was just over $2.4 million, not including grading costs.

At the time, Jackson said it had been a long time since the school system invested heavily in improving athletic facilities.

"This is going to be a great benefit to our students. We're very proud to be able to have these facilities on-site, and we want them to be facilities that our kids can be proud of and that will be used for generations to come," she said. "We certainly have one of the best tennis programs in the state and one of the best track programs in the state, and it's time that our facilities reflected the quality programs that we have."