Board of Education members gathered at the DCHS track last week with
Duffy Boles of Pro Court Construction, Inc., Boles' opinion was that the track was actually too short instead of too long was previously reported.
By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
Board of Education held two meetings last week addressing the problems with the
new track around the Dade County High School football field.
became aware of problems late last year when stripping of the track was to take
It was reported
then that the track was too long and the contractor was working on a way to fix
After months of
discussion with no reasonable solution in sight the board requested a second
Duffy Boles of
Pro Court Construction, Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., addressed board members last
Monday on his findings. He reported that he measured the track using a
measuring wheel and while the wheel is not as accurate as other methods it will
be close. Boles found the track to be short and not too long.
adjourned to the track for inspection and suggestion by Boles. He indicated
several problems but didn’t have much input on a solution to the problems.
requested from the architect that radius points be reestablished and they would
meet again on Friday to see if a possible solution could be reached. While
those points were established they only complicated the matter.
At the Friday
meeting Dade County School Board member Johnny Warren stated he didn’t know of
any fix while BOE member David Powell said. “We paid for a product to be right
and at this point I don’t know if it can be made right.”
stated that the track needed to be redone and the second opinion didn’t
recommend any acceptable fixes.
In addition to
the length being a problem some of the topping is coming up in the pole vault
area and other problems were noted as well.
chairperson Carolyn Bradford stated that fixes are not acceptable and that the
Board voted on Nov. 18, 2013, to tear it up and start over and no new vote was
needed. Interim Superintendent Cherie Swader then read from the minutes of that
meeting where the Board voted unanimously to tear it up and start over.
Jared Gilley of
Construction Consultants stated that more work would be necessary with more
materials needing to be removed than originally anticipated and the time frame
really concerned him.
work must be completed by Aug. 15 since activity really begins to pick up and
that’s just ahead of the first football game.
made a motion to start work on May 5th with a completion date of no later than
Aug. 15th for work on the track. Warren seconds the motion and all members
voted in favor.
Consultants will be responsible for completely redoing the track since it was
unacceptable when finished.
Gilley was ask
how did this happen and he replied, “The responsibility was ours and the subs
working on the job.”