Mercer County approves facilities upgrade


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Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2013, 7:22 pm
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The Mercer County School Board approved a facilities upgrade on Monday night that will feature renovations to George Pratt Memorial Field.

Included in the privately funded project are a new all-weather eight-lane track, scoreboard, expanded press box, fence around the perimeter of the facility and shed on the west side. All projects will be completed before the start of the 2013-14 school year.

"It upgrades our facilities to mirror the quality of programs who use it," Mercer County athletic director and football coach Nat Zunkel said. "I'm kind of giddy about it."

Behind the project is Mercer County music director Rusty Ruggles, who spearheaded the "Golden Eagles Take Flight" fundraising campaign that covered the cost of the upgrades. Already completed in the project are new lights.

"He's done a terrific job," Zunkel said of Ruggles, an Aledo graduate who was a member of the Green Dragons' 1988 Class 2A state runner-up football team.

The project, according to Zunkel, cost about $1.5 million. The final phase are new bleachers, which Zunkel said should be completed in the next two years.

-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
















 



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