Cove will spend more than $438,000 on track

By Ryan Brown

The Spring Cove School Board voted Monday to spend more than $438,000 on track upgrades and resurfacing, ending an extended period in which the district’s track team couldn’t compete on home territory.

The board voted 6-2 to accept a bid from New Jersey-based ATT Sports to resurface the track and refurbish long jump and high jump areas, board President Brian Gahagan said. Work is set to begin as soon as the school year ends and is expected to end this summer, he said.

Board members James Smith and Mary Smith voted against the plan.

The board accepted a higher-quality, more expensive option, Gahagan said, hoping for a longer useful life.

“We felt it would be a better surface and hopefully last longer,” he said.

The track area is used heavily by district teams as well as nonstudents. The Central High School football team practices in the grassy area at the center of the track, and nearby residents and older people in the region walk and jog on the track surface.

Gahagan said the existing track had long been in decline, with poor drainage and a battered surface making practice and competition there all but impossible. The Central track team is facing its second season without use of the track.

“That thing probably hasn’t been touched in 15 or more years,” he said. “It was just time.”