Bayard track project moves forward

Replacement of the Bayard High School track is one step closer after a low bid of $522,579 from Paul Reed Construction was accepted by the Bayard School Board.

Superintendent Travis Miller attributes the successful fundraising campaign to support and effort provided by those who have made it possible. He says it's been inspirational to see everyone come together to support not only students and athletes, but also every member of the community that gets out on the track and works to promote their own health and wellness.

Miller says the new track should last 20 to 25 years, and will have built in safety features. There will be a half inch of polyurethane surface, but he says the real safety improvements are going to come through moving their runways outside of the track area, so they will have less likelyhood that athletes will be running into one another. For example, when they are doing triple jump and high jump, the triple jump will be moved out of the track area, outside of the circle, and will provide some additional clearance for both spectators and athletes.

Construction should begin by mid-May, and Miller says they are hoping to have it completed by the first football game in September.

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