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The running track surfaces at Adams and Crosby fields in the Town of Tonawanda - deemed nearly "unsafe" by Ken-Ton School District officials - will be repaired and resurfaced this summer.
The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to use $210,000 from the district's Repair Reserve Fund to pay for the work, which will be done by Nagle Athletic Surfaces of East Syracuse.
"These tracks are already well beyond the useful life of a track surface," said Assistant Superintendent for Finance Gerald J. Stuitje.
"To do it now - both to repair what's becoming an unsafe situation and to avoid costlier repairs in the future - it would be wise to do it now."
There is noticeable wear on the tracks and the macadam base is starting to show through the surface, he said.
The work was not planned for in the 2013-14 or 2014-15 budgets so the district will have to dip into the Repair Reserve Fund, which will still have "a pretty healthy balance" of $1.2 million after the work is done, Stuitje said.
"This is the type of thing that the repair reserve was created for," he said.
The work will take two or three weeks to complete, Athletic Director Brett Banker said.
In other business Tuesday, Banker announced that recent Kenmore West track star Kaeli Mathias was one of two students in Section VI to win a National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Student-Athlete Award.
And the School Board received an update from the district's construction management firm on a possible second phase of its capital project. The board will hold a special meeting June 24 to receive an in-depth look at phase two, which would be subject to approval by voters at a referendum in December.