Southern board approves new track surface

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local track runners will have a new surface to practice on after the board approved the addition of a rubberized surface for the track.

Athletic Director Robert Shansky and Superintendent Tom Cunningham explained to the board they had recently met with someone from the company, Current Surfaces, Inc., which will be doing the work. The project will include filling in a few cracks and then adding the rubberized surface for the first time.

It is expected to be three or four lanes, which in most cases will not be large enough to host meets. However, Shansky said it will be a great thing for the track athletes to be able to practice on.

Board President Jay Cole asked about protecting the surface during other events at the track. He was informed the company does not believe regular shoes walking and standing on the track will be any problem. Shansky has already looked at the mat pieces schools put out during football season to keep spikes from damaging the rubberized surface.

Additionally, the schools tradition of driving homecoming participants around the track should also be able to continue, as long as the vehicles are not making sudden turns.

The cost of the track project will be approximately $63,000.

The work will be done in late September, during a two week period when the Indians football team is playing on the road.

In other matters:

— The board had the final votes for the two levies on agenda on Wednesday, but had to table the items because the required numbers from the auditor’s office have not yet arrived. The board scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m., July 30 with those two levies expected to be on the agenda.

— The board approved Carter Hill as a substitute teacher. Cunningham said Hill “will be a great asset” and comes to Southern from the Family Recovery Center where he works with youths in grades 5-12. He will be helping with the Shale students and others.

The board also approved Fernando DeChellis and Rich Sloan as junior high basketball coaches. Additionally, the board approved contracts through the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for Ron Berdis, a teacher; and seven paraprofessionals — Lonnie Fields, Brenda McCulley, Natasha McCulley, Lindsay Pratt, Terry Vest, Julie Garner and Kayla Terdina.

— The next regular board meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m., Aug. 21, which is the day before school is scheduled to begin on Aug. 22. Meet the Indians and the Back to School Bash are both scheduled for Aug. 19.