by Jim Boyle
The Elk River Area School District will soon go out for bids for a track at Zimmerman High School.
The track will feature nine lanes, which will allow the high school a better chance to host sectional meets that generate revenue for the school district and host community.
The district expects the track to cost about $700,000, but it will only cost about $12,000 to have the additional lane that will make it possible to host larger track and field events.
There are also some soil corrections that are expected to be needed because of some top soil found in recent soil boring. It’s possible the top soil was place there when the school was built, according to Randy Anderson, the executive director for business services.
The bituminous track should be ready about mid-August, with final preparation expected before the start of the first scheduled sporting event.
A contingency plan, however, is being developed.