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Caddo Hills to build first track facility in county

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY|dewayne@mcnews.online
The Caddo Hills School Board needed less than two weeks to make a decision to move forward with the construction of a track and field facility on campus. The project will cost just over $1.5 million and will include a post tensioned concrete track.
The board voted to hire PPC Sports for the construction of the facility which will include a surface upgrade to a post-tensioned concrete track. The total cost of the project is $1,562,607.25. A breakdown of the cost includes: $1,473,684 plus $65,831 surface upgrade for a total of $1,539,515, and an additional 1.5 percent charge for a performance and payment bond.
This is significantly higher than first anticipated with the original quote being $1,336,623.69 for the project with the track upgrade.
The post-tensioned concrete surface is designed for use on poor soil conditions and with extreme weather conditions. The track will be located near Collier Creek behind the gymnasium. The location allows the district to utilize existing parking, restrooms and concession stands in the gymnasium. However, the location will require significant work to level the area for use.
The post-tensioned concrete surface is designed to remain durable in conditions where expansive soil starts to move. If this happens the track surface is designed to float and perform independently due to constant cable compression.
It is also designed to resist cracking due to the fact that the post-tensioned slab is kept in constant compression.
The track surface will consist of four layers including a compacted subgrade level, granular aggregate leveling course, a vapor retarder barrier, concrete with post-tensioned cables with reinforced rebar support, and a Beynon sports track surface.
The board also voted to pay off current non-bonded debt of approximately$106,000 from the building fund. They then voted to approve the borrowing of $800,000 through First Security Beardsley for the track project.
The loan will allow the project to be funded without using funds that might be needed to fund the recent switch to a charter school, or salaries.
The track project wasn’t the only construction project on the agenda.
The board voted to hire Doyle Howard Construction as the construction manager for the district health clinic.
The board also approved the transfer of four students into the district from Centerpoint School District.
The board accepted the resignation of Taryn Powell and hired Brittany Lucas as SPED paraprofessional.

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