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New meaning for 'school glue'

Employees of Atlas Track add layer of rubber three-eighths-of-an-inch thick to the track at South Whidbey High School last Friday. Mark Fowler and Cody Lathrop, both of Bend, Ore., are spraying a layer of latex glue to hold the granulated rubber in place. - Gayle Saran
Employees of Atlas Track add layer of rubber three-eighths-of-an-inch thick to the track at South Whidbey High School last Friday. Mark Fowler and Cody Lathrop, both of Bend, Ore., are spraying a layer of latex glue to hold the granulated rubber in place.
— image credit: Gayle Saran

What's the result of mixing 450 bags of ground rubber with 2,200 gallons of glue?

The answer is a new surface on the South Whidbey High School track.

Employees of Atlas Track were busy Friday and over the weekend sticking a new surface to the high school track using recycled rubber from tires and latex glue.

To surface the track, ground rubber was spread evenly over the surface, then a layer of glue was sprayed to hold it all together. The process adds another three-eighths-of-an-inch layer to the track.

"We hope to keep people off it for a few more days," said Rick Pitt, maintenance supervisor for the district. "There are activities this weekend, so people will be on it then, which is fine."

The track will be painted with lane stripes and other markings early next week.

The South Whidbey Board of Education approved the project when concerns about the condition of the track and the potential for student injury arose over the summer. The cost of the project is $39,000.

The track is used by the high school track team and physical education classes, as well by as the running teams of Langley Middle School.

The board selected Atlas, a Bend, Ore., company, to resurface the track because the company specializes in construction and maintenance of tracks and tennis courts.

The district is applying for a matching grant to help pay for the project.

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