Making progress on several construction projects, members of the Harlan Independent Board of Education heard updates from GRW Architect Jimmy Piper at a recent meeting.
Beginning with the elementary school project, Piper said the contractor has submitted closing paperwork and the Athletic Field House Project, “fine tuning of its location” is still taking place.
“My real concern is that we get a good base to build the building on top of,” said Piper.
After a lengthy discussion on the location of the field house, Piper said he will make changes suggested and return to the board with those designs.
Joe Meadors, board of education chairman, asked Piper what the latest cost of building a new track at the athletic complex would be. Meadors said the last quote he obtained was approximately $300,000.
Piper responded, saying “that cost has not yet been calculated.”
Piper said he could “get a number on the track” if the board so desires.
“I just think we have a lot of other projects that are going to come before this track,” said Matt Nunez, a member of the board. “I just do. We have a lot of maintenance that is going to be coming up.”
Will Miller noted “Most football fields do have regulation sized tracks.”
“It’s unfortunate that the board decided they wanted tennis courts and they shortened the track,” said Miller. “Now, this board is left with this. We’re not saying you have to have a track before a field house, we’re just saying you’ve got to leave space for a (regulation) track when that day comes.”
Meadors said building a track is not on the priority list for facilities.
“By the time we get the field house — the elementary school, there will probably be something come up about central office renovation and that will take another million to million and a half dollars,” said Meadors. “We’re no closer to doing a track today than we’ve ever been. There will always be bigger priorities to do.”
“The cafeteria is a bigger priority, renovation of the elementary school will be a bigger priority and probably we’ll be doing something in central office that will be a bigger priority,” he said. “There will always be bigger priorities than a track, because we’ve never had the money to do it. It’s bad that the original track was done and the football field and track was left with what was left over after the tennis courts were located. The other board did it backward and that was 35 years ago and we didn’t have anything to do with that.”
Miller listed several deficiencies in the present track and noted the district “does have track students representing the district on the state level.”
“I’d like to see some work done on the track,” said Miller.
All board members agreed, saying they hoped to “one day” be able to afford a track project.
Piper reported on the softball concessions project. He said a site drawing has been submitted.
Morton added the site has been approved. He said the kitchen/cafeteria project construction is estimated at $1.82 million, with the total project cost $2.127 million.
In other action the board:
*Approved submission of a “Read To Achieve” grant;
*Approved the consent agenda with an addition in the personnel report that the high school bookkeeper has resigned from that position.
Nola Sizemore may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 115 or on Twitter @nola_hde