North Tahoe High School’s $500K all-weather track to be ready for fall semester
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Sprinting toward a fall completion date, school district officials anticipate an all-weather track will be ready for North Tahoe High School students by the beginning of the upcoming school year.
Anna Klovstad, facilities project manager at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, said the construction broke ground June 9.
and#8220;The North Tahoe school site didn’t have a strong track facility, and this project will modernize those outdoor facilities,and#8221; Klovstad said.
Klovstad said the all-weather track costs nearly $500,000 and will include field improvements, a shot put area and a long jump area as well as refurbishing the school’s football field.
Funding is provided out of the $4 million remaining in Measure R, a lake-area bond measure passed in 1999 worth $24 million for facility projects at North Tahoe’s high and middle schools.
and#8220;The physical education teachers and coaches all felt that it would be a big benefit to all the users at the school and the project will really benefit a large range of populations out there including the nearby community,and#8221; Klovstad said.
Those benefits she said include a polyurethane track surface, revegetated areas, accessible walkways, a compacted equipment road and storm water Best Management Practice upgrades and#8212; erosion control measures mandated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Though the track will be modernized, Klovstad said it will not be regulation size.
and#8220;A full-size track would have required a lot of re-grading, rock removal and retaining structures that just were not feasible on this site,and#8221; said Klovstad.
John Britto, the district’s director of facilities, said the track has been needed for a long time. In past seasons, Britto said the school’s track team, coached by Warren Mills, had to train on the street for lack of a running facility.
and#8220;They’ve had a great track program there for many years and they’ve had a great team but they haven’t had a great track,and#8221; Britto said. and#8220;This will be a huge improvement.and#8221;
Contrasting facility improvements between the North Tahoe school sites and Truckee High School, Britto attributed North Tahoe’s renovations directly to Measure R’s approximately $24 million in funding.
In 2008, Britto said there was a similar drive to get bond funding for Truckee High School’s track facility through Measure L and Measure U, which would have taxed homeowners in the Truckee area from 2010 to 2025 by $26 for homes valued at $200,000 or more, $45.50 per year for houses valued at $350,000 or more, and $65 for homes valued at $500,000 or more.
Despite its two attempts, Measure U did not pass. Britto said it would have generated $93 million, with 17 percent of that earmarked to replace Truckee High School’s athletic fields, its track and to provide new bathrooms and grandstands to surround the field.
Before the failed attempts to secure funding, Measure C was passed in 1999 and generated $35 million to build Alder Creek Middle school and build a second gym and cafeteria at Truckee High School among other improvements.
and#8220;We are kind of driven by bond funds,and#8221; Britto said.
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