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State funding award to help pay for Boonsboro track renovations

January 06, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro High School Athletic Director Sue Lowery reveals section of the track's pole vault run where the top rubberized layer has worn away. Beneath is a hard asphalt base.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — A running track at Boonsboro High School that gets a lot of use by the school and the community will be renovated with $157,000 that was awarded through the state’s Program Open Space.

The track, which has not been resurfaced since 2001, is showing signs of wear, Washington County Public Schools officials said Wednesday.

“That’s a pretty good life out of a track,” said Boyd Michael, deputy superintendent of schools.

Lane one on the track and a straightaway used for sprints are particularly worn, said Susan Lowery, athletic director at the school.

The Program Open Space money for the project was among a number of other funding approvals that were given the go-ahead Tuesday by the Board of Public Works and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in Annapolis, according to a news release.

Michael said Washington County Public Schools will have to pitch in at least $17,500 for the new track. School officials will have to line up an architect for the project. The track probably will be resurfaced over the summer, Michael said.

Michael said the new track at Boonsboro High probably will have a rubberized surface.

The school system regularly seeks Program Open Space money and last year was able to fund a new playground at Winter Street Elementary School through the program, Michael said.

The last track that was resurfaced was at Williamsport High School, Michael said.

Lowery said the track at Boonsboro High School is used a lot by the community and Michael said practically all school tracks in the county are open to the public.

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