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Renovation of the high school track was discussed by the Ellsworth School Board Monday.

A report from Board Member Rick Kornmann of the buildings and grounds committee indicated that committee met with a consultant at the track earlier, saw its degree of disarray and decided to proceed with some borings.

The consultant from Inspect, based in Golden Valley, Minn., said Monday the EHS track is over 20-years-old and, like others at many public schools, hasn't had much maintenance. Six soil borings were taken, finding two inches of bituminous pavement and three-to-four inches of an underlay. This arrangement is less than what would be hoped, he said, later noting such a track wouldn't be built that way today.

However, of more concern is the frost-susceptible soils found underneath, he said. Some undulations are apparent, likely a result of shifting caused by these soils. He cautioned putting on a new rubber surface could lead to more movement, though it's difficult to say how much.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Nov. 16.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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