KINGSTON – The Wyoming Valley West School District is getting a new track using a $1 million grant from the state Department of Education.
Board members approved plans presented by A&E Architects during a meeting Wednesday morning and then authorized the advertising for bids for the track, Superintendent Chuck Suppon said.
The full-sized, all-weather synthetic track will be built at the high school in Plymouth. The previous track was removed when upgrades were made last year at the football stadium on Pierce Street in Kingston.
Last year, the district received a $1.25 million grant from the state Department of Education to pay for artificial turf and other upgrades to make the facility a multi-purpose stadium, so football, field hockey, boys and girls soccer can use the site, school board member Barry Williams said.
“We wanted to make sure we had a facility that could support the male and female sports,” Williams said.
The track had to be removed to make room for these other upgrades, so a decision was made to apply for another grant to build a track with an asphalt base and rubber surface at the high school.
“Without the track, we cannot have a track team. We can use it for track events, and they will be able to use it for physical education classes, too,” Williams said. The high school has a boys’ and girls’ track team.
The $1 million grant was received in June based on a grant application from former Superintendent Michael Garzella, who retired on June 30.
“It was a major plus for the district to receive the $1 million grant,” Wyoming Valley West Finance Director Joe Rodriquez said.
He said he believes the project can stay within the confines of the grant money, including the architecture fees and actual bids.
Construction manager Apollo Circle oversaw the football stadium renovations and completed the work ahead of schedule, Williams said. Apollo Circle will also oversee the track construction, he said.
Work could begin on the project this fall, possibly around September.