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New Track for New Hampton High School on Track

Upgrading the track facilities at New Hampton High School is “on track” after the project was greenlit this week by the New Hampton School Board.

The current track at the football stadium is 17-years-old and cracks have developed in the surface. Superintendent Jay Jurrens says fixing the track is vital to the Chickasaws having future track seasons.

Jurrens says doing the must-have track improvements could cost about $200,000. He says the district has $100,000 in state Sales Tax and Education (SAVE) funds for the project, the Chickasaws Booster Club has about $50,000 to contribute, and the board Tuesday approved the refinance of revenue bonds.

The school district will still need to solicit bids for the project and hold a public hearing before the improvements can officially move forward.

Once work begins, New Hampton officials hope they can avoid a situation like that of the Charles City High School track. The Comets’ track was slated for a resurfacing in August, but once work started, it was discovered the track needs to be taken “back down to the studs” and replaced almost entirely. That resulted in adding almost $200,000 to what was expected to cost $270,000. It also meant halting the project altogether and pushing it until after next spring’s track season ends.

*below is our original story on New Hampton’s track repairs from Oct. 20

Improvements to the track at the New Hampton High School football stadium are being studied by the district.

Superintendent Jay Jurrens says the project could cost over $200,000 if they did all the upgrades the track needs.

Jurrens says they’re working with architects and engineers to determine their financial options.

Chickasaws’ Head Girls Track Coach Jeannette Laures and Assistant Coach Brian Schmitt addressed the 17-year-old track’s current status at October’s regular school board meeting Monday night. Schmitt says having the track repaired isn’t just about safety for the athletes, it also makes the school look good.

Schmitt says the booster club is willing to commit about $50,0,000 to the track project.

Laures added that the improvements would also help New Hampton become eligible for hosting larger track meets like district competition.

 

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Mark Pitz

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