Trustees OK track project, talk STAAR

The newly installed football field (pictured above) is ready for the 2016-17 football season thanks to Hellas Construction.

Photo courtesy of Hellas

Despite an unbudgeted setback with the track and field at Fairfield High School, trustees gave the go ahead to Hellas Construction to replace the track and asphalt after it was found that water damage had caused cracks under the surface. The project will cost a total of $179,800.

“It has a good base,” said Hellas representative Paul Schumer at the July 12 meeting. “Water soaked into the porous surface and water is a track's worst enemy. But the base is good and this should fix it for another 28 to 30 years.”

Hellas, who recently replaced the school's football field turf, is set to begin in the next week or so despite the fact that several sports and marching practices will need to be held. Athletic Director John Bachtel said he and the maintenance team have readied the practice field in preparation for the construction.

“This is best for the long-term interest of the district,” said Superintendent Rick Edwards.

Trustees approved a contract, after a lengthy discussion, with Ideal Impact which might save the district more than $102,000 on energy costs. The district will have an upfront cost of $236,944, which will come from the fund balance.

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