High school track & bleachers require replacement soon

Jeff Johnson, the district’s Operations Director, presented to the board on the condition of the high school track and the stadium visitors’ side bleachers.

The track, which was resurfaced seven years ago, is wearing in spots and requiring more and more repairs. Due to wear, the surface is an uneven thickness and does not have an acceptable slope. After a full assessment, Kleingers Group recommends replacing the track soon. A replacement will last 20+ years, with resurfacing needed periodically.

The concrete bleachers in the high school stadium, found on the visitors’ side, have also required quite a few repairs in recent years. The concrete is at a point where it is absorbing water, causing structural concerns. Roberts Engineering inspects the bleachers every year and says the rate of deterioration is increasing. They recommend replacing the structure or, at the least, coating the exterior with Gunite to seal out the moisture.

After evaluating, Mr. Johnson believes replacing the track and bleachers is the most financially responsible approach. Additional repairs will end up being more expensive than investing in replacements. The working budget for these items is $267,000 for the track; $672,000 for the bleachers (includes demo of old bleachers; 2,000 seat fully enclosed bleachers; press box; fence around bleachers).

The board discussed these two projects at the February meeting. Both items will be funded through the Permanent Improvement Fund, which is set aside specifically for repairs such as these. Mr. Johnson is continuing to gather information and look at options for both; he will present a final recommendation at the March board meeting.

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3 thoughts on “High school track & bleachers require replacement soon

  1. Curious if the amount of funding needed to replace the concrete bleachers is suffice to then designate them the home side. Seems to me, if we invest in replacing them, we should make them large enough to accommodate the home crowd.

    • Yes, they will be large enough for the home side, and until we complete all the school & stadium renovations, we will use them for that purpose. When we do the full renovations, we will have a larger stand on the current home side, with a full press box (the one on the other side will be smaller). Final seating will be designed to allow us to host events that we cannot currently, due to capacity, as well as allow the band to sit in the home bleachers with the crowd (instead of being relegated to the end zone seating).

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