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Directors hammer out South Whidbey school building priorities

Steve Scoles, a South Whidbey School Board director, examines different types of running track surfaces. The school board moved replacing or surfacing the high school
Steve Scoles, a South Whidbey School Board director, examines different types of running track surfaces. The school board moved replacing or surfacing the high school's track to a higher priority on its long list of projects.
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The high school track was the hot-button topic Wednesday night during a South Whidbey School District workshop.

The board of directors was gathered to review priorities of upcoming projects that will be funded from the nearly $6 million capital/technology levy passed in 2013.

A large chunk of time was spent discussing the resurfacing of the South Whidbey High School track, which has begun to be a health and safety concern for the district. Problems with the facility have resulted in lost practice time for the track team and no home meets.

High school track and field coach Mark Eager said the team loses about 10 to 20 percent of practice time from shin splint injuries from the surface.

The board looked at three samples for track resurfacing material that ranged in price from $220,000 to $450,000, depending on the quality.

Track safety is a top priority for Eager.

“I don’t want a $250,000 Band-Aid,” he said. “I’m scared what we’re going to find underneath.”

Director Steve Scoles said he would prefer to keep costs low. A more expensive project means less money available for other needs, he said.

“I would personally like to see less spending,” Scoles said. “Because that will still last 10 to 15 years.”

 

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