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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2018

‘Major setback’ in finishing New London Athletic Complex

Sep 21, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


NEW LONDON – Patchwork is needed on the New London Athletic Complex’s track after the radius on the inside of the track was inaccurately poured.

New London District Superintendent Chad Wahls said he and the school board are not happy.

“We want something in good condition and brand-new,” Wahls said on the phone after the New London School Board meeting on Sept. 18. “It’s just the fact that it wasn’t done correctly the first time. It’s very frustrating to know that our contractor didn’t oversee that area enough to not have this happen.”

When the track was laid with “big machinery,” the runout and radius was measured incorrectly. The area of track for the 100-yard dash is too long, and the inside lane “1” is narrow to the point where a runner will be running off the track and into the field, Wahls said.

Wahls said during the construction of the athletic complex, there were many other frustrations, such as a dent in the new scoreboard and the flagpole getting hit.

“It’s one thing on top of the other,” Wahls said, adding that the district hopes to get a warranty to ensure the newly-laid piece will be as durable as the rest of the track. His big concern is warping with the new piece of asphalt being laid with “wheelbarrows and vibrating plates,” Wahls said.

The setback will not affect fall athletics. Dedication of the field will take place during the last football game of the season on Oct. 20. Wahls wants to ensure that everyone who worked to make the new athletic complex possible is recognized, saying there were a lot of people in the last 15 years who made this happen.

During the school board meeting, board members also discussed the 2016 to 2017 school year academics, saying they are closing the achievement gap, where previously they were below average. New London High School’s reading level is currently above the state average. Math is just below.

New London Elementary School held a fundraiser last week for victims of Hurricane Harvey. They raised a little over $480, which will go to a school district that was hit hard by the hurricane, Wahls said.

The next New London School Board meeting is Oct. 16.

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