Walking/running track closing 6.17.09

Written by David Green.

If your exercise routine includes laps around the Morenci school track, it’s going to come to end Friday for a few weeks.

After Friday, the track will be closed to the public during replacement of the old running surface.

The weight training room will also be closing soon while construction is completed on the adjacent building. A schedule of the closing will be posted on the door of the facility.

Morenci school district voters in 2008 approved funding for a variety of school maintenance projects at the high school and elementary school. Work was expected to begin last summer, but the project was put on hold when bids came back much higher than expected.

Bids were sought again this spring and bids came in $175,000 lower. In addition, $18,000 was added to the fund from interest.

Work got underway at the elementary school shortly after the school year ended. Old floor tile was removed during the past two weeks from portions of the 53-year-old building. Also on the agenda at that school is roof repair, water line upgrades, replacement of corroding doors and bathroom fixtures, gymnasium window replacement and parking lot repair and paving.

At the high school, shower room upgrades are scheduled, along with exterior door replacement, gymnasium bleacher upgrades and technological improvements.

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