Indian River board opts for high school track resurfacings, with no expansion

GEORGETOWN — Resurfacing — but no expansion to eight lanes — is on the agenda this summer for all-weather tracks at Indian River School District’s two high schools.

Following a presentation by IRSD Supervisor of Building and Grounds Joe Booth, Indian River’s board of education at its April 15 meeting chose the less expensive route to resurface existing six-lane track facilities at Sussex Central High School near Millsboro and Indian River High School in Dagsboro.

Cost of resurfacing each track is projected to run approximately $150,000, plus approximately $30,000 in total architectural fees for services provided by Fearn-Clendaniel Architects Inc.

The other expanded option that carried a total $750,000-plus price tag was to increase both tracks from six lanes to eight lanes, which would qualify the facilities to host for major competitions such as conference-type events.

“My recommendation is that we stay with the six lanes and resurface what we have,” said Mr. Booth following his presentation.

Resurfacing existing tracks will take about a one-month period and with anticipated competition around Aug. 15, Mr. Booth said.

With board approval, the district will now go through the state’s My Marketplace for bidding, Mr. Booth said.

Adding two lanes would require a survey, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control review and approval plus cure time for new asphalt prior to resurfacing. That would be about three months, pushing projected completion well into the fall around mid-October.

“We’d have to jump through some hoops, and at Indian River it would be further complicated. Because the concession stand, when we added on when the school was built in 2004, it was moved closer to the track,” said Mr. Booth. “So it would be a very tight fit at Indian River to go from six to eight (lanes).”

The board of education’s vote followed school board member Jim Hudson’s opinion poll of high school principals — Mike Williams at IRHS and Dr. Bradley Layfield at SCHS, who indicated they were in favor of resurfacing existing tracks.

“I just want to make sure you are good with the six-lane versus eight,” Mr. Hudson said.

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