2/13/2018 2:40:00 PM Track Project start gets green light Wellston Board makes commitment to move forward
Kleingers Group representative Craig Honkomp (standing right) is shown addressing members of the Wellston City Schools Board of Education during a special meeting held Thursday evening, Jan. 25. The purpose of that meeting was to discuss a number of remediation options available for the area in which the district hopes will one day house a new track. Since that meeting, the board met in regular session on Monday night, Feb. 12 and agreed to move forward with the necessary remediation and planning work for the Wellston Community Track Project. (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
The dirt will be flying soon on the new Wellston City Schools Community Track Project!
At the Wellston City Board of Education meeting held Monday night, Feb. 12, both Superintendent Karen Boch and Board President Terry Gill made comments indicating remediation and even some possible construction work needs to be initiated soon. The track is planned to be built just behind the Wellston High School building.
Boch explained construction documents and site plans will need to be secured, as will a second set of drawings for the mine remediation work.
"We need to ensure the exact dimensions of where on the site the track will be so we are not off on the measurements," she commented.
With regard to work beyond the remediation efforts, which will entail pumping a large amount of grout into the ground to prevent any future subsidence and subsequent settling at the surface, Boch mentioned the possibility of installing some storm drainage piping at the site and possibly even performing some excavation. Currently, Boch said the district just has to work with what money is available for the project. One major unknown at this time is the cost of the upcoming Intermediate/Middle and High School roof remediation project, which will determine how much money can be put toward the track project.
Boch also thanked all of the private donors who have contributed to or bought naming rights in the project to date. She wants to show a commitment to them, as well as future donors, while the fundraising efforts continue.
Right now, the goal of the district is to get the track built and then address future needs. Once the track is complete, the district will have a potential soccer field and a practice field for the band. Then, the board can determine whether to build a new football stadium at the site or to renovate C.H. Jones Field. It has been determined that a track cannot be built around C.H. Jones Field due to the lack of space. However, the board wants to take it one project at a time and get the track built first.
Gill explained the board needs to get going on the track project because it is good for the school and community.
"We have low numbers in our track program and there is a reason for it,'" said Gill. "The schools around us have nice tracks that members of their communities also use."
In the immediate area, the Vinton County, Oak Hill and Ross Southeastern school districts have tracks around their football fields, while the Jackson, Waverly and Piketon school district have stand-alone track facilities. He also added that students have been known to even transfer to these schools because of their track facilities.
Gill stated the track is also good for senior citizens or anyone who wants to exercise, as it would provide a safe and secure place to do so.
The board is expected to be revisiting this issue at several upcoming meetings.