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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.

The Board became aware of problems late last year when stripping of the track was to take place.

It was reported then that the track was too long and the contractor was working on a way to fix the problem.

After months of discussion with no reasonable solution in sight the board requested a second opinion.

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.

Board members 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.

The board 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.”

Jeff Forester 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.

Board 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.

Swader said work must be completed by Aug. 15 since activity really begins to pick up and that’s just ahead of the first football game.

Forester then 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.

Construction 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.”






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