By Daniel Sherrier
Precision Sports Surfaces, a specialty contractor headquartered in Charlottesville, has been selected to renovate the Caroline High School track.
The Caroline County School Board approved the bid at a special called meeting May 28.
Geoffrey Honan, supervisor of construction and maintenance for the school division, said a technical review committee had met that afternoon to look over bids received and form a recommendation.
The project was originally estimated to cost $600,000. That estimate was lowered to $400,000 after discovering that they didn’t need to replace the base beneath the track.
Precision’s bid was $285,778. This includes all necessary drainage work.
“This is the entire track package that we looked at,” Honan said.
The lower price tag created an opportunity. Honan requested a contingency fund of $50,000 to pursue painting the track Caroline High blue.
Of the roughly $115,000 in savings from the low bid, up to $50,000 would go toward painting the track blue, and about $65,000 would remain as savings, “so that we can get the color that they really want it at the high school. They always wanted it to be the blue to match the school colors,” Dr. Greg Killough, superintendent, said.
Coating the entire track surface blue is estimated to cost between $30,000 and $50,000.
Nancy Carson, the board’s Mattaponi District representative, asked about the longevity of the blue coloring.
“It should be essentially the same (as the black paint’s),” Honan said. “It does fade a little over time. The black fades, too. … It kind of grays out. So it’s all affected by the UV light from the sun.”
Honan indicated that Precision Sports Surfaces installed the current CHS track 15 years ago and is experienced in completing track work.
“They do the majority of the work in this area. They’re a specialty contractor, and that’s what they specialize in,” he said.
The board voted 5-0 to approve the $285,778 bid and allow a contingency fund of $50,000 for painting the track blue.
Madison District representative Shawn Kelley was absent.
Work on the track is expected to begin this June and conclude by September.