The Dexter Board of Education approved an additional $162,950 in bond funds to improve track and field events at Dexter High School.
The approval of funds is in addition to $86,000 the district approved, giving the project a total cost of $250,000. The project is being funded through a $47.9 million bond approved by voters in 2008.
The additional money is for revamping the areas for track and fields events including pole vault and long jump runways, high jump pad, two discus throws and two shot put throws.
The exisiting track itself is also in the process of being resurfaced.
The facilities have not been improved in 12 years, according to board Vice President Michael Wendorf.
“They hadn’t been upgraded or modified in a very long time,” he said. “I think it’s a good use of our funds.”
Wendorf said the scope of the project was discussed by student-athletes and coaches from every sport that uses the area around the field and the current layout was approved by all.
“We went from an environment where no one would have been well-served to an environment to where for $250,000 we’re able to really meet the need for all of the kids in all of the sports and all of the coaches for a long time,” he said.
The facility will serve both middle school and high school-level track and field, and the project should be finished this fall.
The board also discussed and approved the first reading of a revised internet use policy.
The policy his being revised to address social media use by staff and student at school.
Board member Chris Gordon said although he’s in favor of prohibiting some social media use, devices should not be outlawed.
“We need to keep the door open for the use of all of these technology tools in the classroom,” he said.
The board will hear recommendations from building administrators and make a decision at its next meeting on Aug. 27.
by: Krista Gjestland