Archive for Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Company agrees to address one problem a Baldwin district running track

Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education

Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education

June 24, 2014

The Baldwin school district is making progress in its effort to correct a problem with the competition running track at Baldwin High School.

The outside lane of the running track, which was built as part of the 2008 bond issue, was not installed at the right width. The board was vocal last fall about making progress to resolve the issue.

Superintendent Paul Dorathy told the Baldwin school board on Tuesday that the problem was the layer of asphalt directly underneath the rubberized running surface did not extended out far enough on the outside lane. Although it is nearly the right width in some spots, it is up to 4 inches too narrow in others, he said.

Sunflower Paving, which applied the asphalt layer, has agreed to correct the problem with the asphalt’s width at no cost to the district, Dorathy said. That wouldn’t, however, correct the problem with the top rubberized running surface, which Fisher Tracks Inc. installed at the same width at the asphalt. It is estimated it would cost about $10,000 to have that problem corrected.

Dorathy told the board that Fisher Tracks was obligated to fix the problem because the company’s workers had to notice the asphalt lane problem when applying the rubber surface, he said. Additionally, the company was paid to apply the rubber surface to the correct square footage and didn’t give the district a refund for the reduced area, he said.

The company may well not agree with that assessment, but there could be a means to entice Fisher Tracks or another company to make the needed correction, Dorathy said. As a cost-saving measure when the track was installed, the school board decided not to have a top stabilizing surface applied over the rubberized running layer, Dorathy said. Without that surface, which cost an estimated $60,000 to apply, the track will cup in running lanes over time, he said.

Dorathy suggested Fisher Tracks or another company might agree to add the needed rubberized surface for free or at a bargain price for the contract to apply the protective layer.

“That’s where the money is,” he said.

The board instructed Dorathy to approach Fisher Tracks and other companies about that option before moving on Sunflower Paving’s offer to correct the asphalt layer width problem.

In other action, the board appointed board member Ivan Huntoon, Baldwin High School Principal Rob McKim, district activities director Gary Stevanus and Baldwin City Recreation Commission director Steve Friend to a committee to study improvements to the outdoor athletic fields at the Baldwin High School campus.

In May, Dorathy recommended the soccer field not be used for junior high or sub-varsity high school football games but agreed numerous improvements were needed to the fields used for junior high and sub-varsity football and football and girls soccer practice. Those suggestions included crowning the game field, irrigation at both football fields and improved seating.

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