Aberdeen School Board authorizes Miller track replacement

The Aberdeen School District authorized the replacement of the 37-year old Miller Junior High track, which currently is in a state of disrepair that has caused the rescheduling of home track meets.

Aberdeen School District Business Manager David Herrington spoke to the school board at its meeting Tuesday night and let members know the project looks to be more expensive than originally estimated.

The adhesive material that connected the rubberized track surface with the asphalt sub-base,or underlayment, had become “compromised,” Herrington told The Daily World. Water bubbles had formed, and some portions of the surface were deemed unfit for competition. He said advances in track manufacturing technology that have produced higher quality rubber will likely help to keep such problems from reoccurring.

The surface portion of the track will cost $230,000 alone, but, Herrington said, they still would need to determine what the underlayment looks like and what kind of repairs it will need as well.

As an example, a track in Port Angeles was discussed in which the underlayment cost $80,000. He said they are likely looking at $10,000 to $25,0000 for “minor repairs.”

The board will go through pre-approved state vendors, and will not go out for public bidding for the project.

Herrington said that Beynon – a company that specializes in creating synthetic athletic surfaces — recommended the BSS 100, which is the more expensive of two options, but recommended for the region due to its water permeability.

The surface would offer a 5-year guarantee for “anything that would go wrong,” he said, adding that if they work to take care of the track they can expect a “good 10 years” before they might need to resurface it.

Herrington will bring a formal proposal for the board’s approval at a later meeting.

Also at the meeting:

• Aberdeen District Superintendent Tom Opstad said he continues meetings with district educators on the process of distributing recently purchased electronic tablets to each high school student.

He said there are plans to discuss the logistics (including a likely $25 insurance fee per student) with parents at conferences at the end of the month.

Opstad said some students are already using them in certain classes, but they haven’t been able to bring any home as of yet.

“Students are pretty excited to have them,” he said. “… And the students who don’t wonder when they will.”