South Knox School Corp. will soon have its own tennis courts.
Superintendent Tim Grove said board members this week met briefly to discuss a handful of items, including the progress of capital improvement projects happening on campus with students off for summer break.
The biggest, he said, is the construction of the corporation's first suitable tennis courts; they've had some in the past, he said, but they were deteriorated and not in compliance with current sport standards.
The school corporation has for years had a girl's tennis team, and last year they added a boy's squad as well.
But without suitable courts on campus, students, coaches and families were traveling to nearby Washington to practice. Home meets, too, were held in Washington.
Interest in the sport was great, Grove said, so the school board opted earlier this year to move forward with tearing out the old courts and building three new courts at a cost of about $150,000.
With the rain finally having let up, Grove said crews have laid the asphalt for those courts and now they will wait for it to cure before putting on the final coating and painting lines.
“But we're really pleased,” he said. “It's finally dried out enough for us to get that done.
“We still won't be able to host any matches with just those three courts, but the plan is to add two more next summer,” Grove said. “So we should be good to host matches starting with the 2020-21 school year. The good thing is we'll at least be able to practice at home.”
Grove said they also next year hope to add lights to the facility as well.
Also happening as part of the school corporation's summer capital improvement plan is the replacement of heating and air units in the fifth- and sixth-grade wing at the elementary school.
Up at the middle-high school, crews have begun a restoration of the gymnasium floor. That will be sanded down, refinished and painted, Grove said.
And all of these projects complement $15 million in renovations done to both buildings last year as part of SPARTA 2018.
The summer is going by quick, Grove said, but the projects are moving right along with it.
“We're very happy with the way things are going this summer,” he said. “We're where we need to be with less than a month before school begins again.”