The East Alton Wood River High School Board has decided to repair the track at the school, rather than try to fund a more costly replacement project. The repairs will cost around $100,000 and will take place over the summer, with funding to come from money already in place.
The district will use Life/Health/Safety funds to pay for the resurfacing and other repairs, although final approval will need to come from the state. The district was considering a complete replacement of the track that would have possibly cost up to $500,000. No word yet on how the repairs will impact the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, which is scheduled for Saturday June 18 at the school’s track and football field. A contractor has been hired and they will go out for bids on the work and that will determine the schedule this summer. The plan is to have the work completed by the opening of the fall football season.