Board approves bid for all-weather track

A bid for the construction of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School was approved by the school board on Monday.

The bid, which came from National Erectors in Highland, was $502,500, slightly higher than the $500,000 the school received in funding.

It had been higher, but the school opted to cut out some less important features, including paving the walkway between the high school and junior high school, asphalting the gravel area near the ticket window and some of the reworked fencing.

“The big thing was that we did not want to compromise the track, because if we have a goal of hosting events, those are things that we don't have to have,” said Vandalia Superintendent Rich Well. “Even though those other things are important, we figured we could put them off until money is available.”

He did not have a timetable of when those projects may be funded, but he said fundraising efforts for pole vault and high jump equipment will likely begin soon.

With a projected goal of having the project completed by the start of next school year, the demolition of the current cinder track will begin as soon as possible.

Andy Craig of Craig’s Excavating will be in charge of that project, and Well said the demolition should start when the weather warms.

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