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June 18, 2013

NMHS paving project approved

$240,756 bid includes base for eight-lane track

FAIRMONT — Two construction projects will be moving forward at North Marion High School.

During its meeting Monday night, the Marion County Board of Education voted in favor of awarding Bear Contracting LLC the bid for a paving project at the school. The amount — $240,756 — will include laying the base for an eight-lane track, which Superintendent of Schools Gary Price said the county has needed for years.

While the track at East-West Stadium in Fairmont was the first artificial surface track in the state, Marion County has never had a regulation track, he said.

Andy Neptune, administrative assistant of human resources and student support services for Marion County Schools, added that North Marion’s track is already laid out with cinders, which will help as far as the prep work for the construction to begin.

First, the pavement will be put down. Then the county will get together some money, hopefully in the near future, to have the track striped and ready for competition, Price said.

“We look forward to North Marion hosting a track meet in spring of 2014,” he said.

North Marion’s paving project also deals with other roads around the school. Price said the areas to be paved are the main driveway off U.S. 250 that leads to the parking lots, the bus turning circle around the main parking lot, the parking area behind the home bleachers at the football field, and the access road going from the tennis court area to the softball field and football practice field.

 

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