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KHS Cancels 2008 Home Track Schedule
September 5, 2007 - Athletic Director Dave Bradford recently advised the Charles A. Beard School Board that the poor conditions of the track at Knightstown Intermediate School have led to a decision to cancel all home track events for the 2008 season.
Speaking at the school board's August 21 meeting, Bradford said the KIS track, which is used by Knightstown's high school and intermediate school teams, is crumbling and beyond patching or basic repair. He said the base of the track has deteriorated and that it will take about $120,000 to resurface and coat it, while construction of a new track at Knightstown High School would cost about $400,000.
"To compete on it is impossible," Bradford told board members. He said the loss of home meets and the Henry County invitational next spring will not only result in loss of concession funds for the athletic boosters and loss of study time for student-athletes, but could also cause students to lose interest in the sport.
If a new track is built at KHS, Bradford said it could include a soccer field in the track's interior. If the board opted to approve construction of a new track, he said his recommendation would be that the KIS track also be repaired for use by students at that school.
Asked how soon he would need an answer from the board, Bradford replied, "As soon as possible. I don't think we should go more than two years without doing something."
Board member Kevin Knott said he would like to see detailed information showing the number of students who participate in track and projected costs. He also asked about the possibility of obtaining a corporate sponsorship to help defray some of the cost of a new track or refurbishment of the old one. CAB Business Manager David Bundy said the corporate sponsorship issue would need to be researched. He will look into that and other options.
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