Sunday, December 30, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The renovated indoor track at Proviso West High School, which is expected to be completed by Jan. 11. | Courtesy Luigi Miguel Villaviza Cabantog/Facebook
Students at Proviso West High School, 4701 Harrison St. in Hillside, will soon walk onto a renovated indoor track. The new track is set to debut sometime in January, district officials said.
The renovations include “a new floor on the upper deck, a new sound system, placing electrical wiring where it is needed for electronic timing, painting the ceiling and tiles, and other cosmetic improvements,” according to a document drafted in September by district officials.
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board began contemplating the track’s renovation in the summer.
During a school board meeting in May, Todd Drafall, Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s former chief financial officer, said that the track at West’s indoor field house needs more than $99,000 worth of repairs.
District 209 officials said that it would be cheaper to replace the track altogether rather than repair the old one. | Courtesy Luigi Miguel Villaviza Cabantog/Facebook
“Overall, the track is in poor condition and is about the end of its life. The repair costs are estimated at $99,000,” Drafall explained at the time. “We believe more repairs would be needed in the next two years above that amount. A complete replacement of the track is estimated at $650,000. Repair is not an economical option at this point.”
Back in September, the board allocated $708,605 to hire Kiefer USA, an athletic surface design and installation company based in Lindenhurst, Ill., to replace the track.
During a meeting on Dec. 11, district officials said that the renovated track is expected to be completed by Jan. 11. VFP
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