School board approves high school track upgrade

One of the main action items discussed at the regular August Wauneta-Palisade Schools board meeting were track upgrades. This topic had previously been discussed in the June meeting, but was quickly silenced because of the lack of information, and possible high monetary prices.
    At Monday’s meeting however board member Bill Bischoff had hard numbers and facts for the board to evaluate.
    After much discussion, the board moved and approved an estimate of $25,000 from Baxter Concrete to repair the concrete connected to the bleachers and convert the track to the metric system. The board also moved and approved an estimate of $94,833 for the installation of curb-to-curb concrete from Baxter Concrete.
    During discussion it was said countless times that if the board does decide to move forward the job needs to be done correctly the first time.
    Athletic director/principal Joseph Frecks had an estimated price of $62,796 for a poly mat that is a durable, resilient to all weather running surface that consists of polyerethane bound rubber.
    The estimated price is for a rubber surface that will be half-an-inch, minimum, and specifically graded with a gradiation of 0.5 to 4.0 mm.
    Fisher Tracks also gave an estimate of $26,854 for a black structural spray application that is a polyurethan structural spray coating that is applied as a single component.
    Although skeptical of the idea at first Bischoff now says, “There will never be a good time to do something like this. The school has the money now so I say let’s go for it.”
    The board has only approved of the initial concrete pouring at this time, but is prepared to take necessary action to move forward with this project.

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