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Progress made on North Hagerstown High track

September 24, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- The paving of North Hagerstown High School's track is nearly complete, and officials said they expect to begin work on the rubber top coat early next month.

Rob Rollins, acting executive director for school operations for Washington County Public Schools, said the track surface will go through a curing process and the top coat will be applied beginning Oct. 6 -- after the school's homecoming celebration.

"Everything is going smooth," Deputy Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said.

The track that surrounds the football field at Mike Callas Stadium has not been used since the stadium was built in 2006. Craig Paving and school officials had been at odds over what type of track was to be built at the school.

That dispute was resolved earlier this month when Craig Paving agreed to complete work on a track that could be sanctioned for college-level events.

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Michael said a portion of the track that Craig Paving built at the school earlier this year had to be removed before the new surface could be paved. He estimated that about 50 percent of Craig Paving's earlier work had to be removed, which was more than officials anticipated.

Michael has said Craig Paving was paid $105,624 for its previous work on the track and will receive the remaining $204,736 when the track is finished.

Rollins said engineers have reviewed the track and confirmed that the surface has a 1 percent slope. The slope of the track, which determines whether the surface can be sanctioned for college-level events, was at the center of the dispute with Craig Paving.

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