Hayden coaches seek support for new track

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— After seeing the new track facilities in West Grand, Hayden High School, track coaches Kevin Kleckler and Sally Brach said they were envious of what they had seen.

They came before the Hayden Board of Education on Wednesday night to ask for help in renovating or rebuilding their outdated and undersized track. Because the track is not regulation size, Hayden cannot host regular track meets.

Kleckler said he thought it was his obligation as track coach to inform the board of the need for a track since track is one of the most popular sports at the high school with more than 100 team members.

School board President Kurt Frentress told the coaches the board has been trying to get the Town Board's support for building a track near the school but "hit some roadblocks."

The school board asked the Town Board to implement a track in the town's plans for a multisport park called Dry Creek Park, but the Town Board insists it received public input, and a track was part of it.

Frentress suggested the coaches go before the Town Board to make their case.

"We can't do it without the town," school board Treasurer Patty Bruchez said. "We've done all we can do."

Kleckler and Brach said they would try to form a committee in support of a new track and soon go before the Town Board to plead their case.

Since the Town Board and school board disagree on the importance of a new track and the value of the land at the intersection of Third Street and Breeze Basin Boulevard, the relationship between the two has been estranged.

Local real estate agent Jack Giessinger said he was displeased with the inability of the two parties to reach an agreement over the land.

"There has got to be some sort of capacity to resolve this," he said. "Somehow, someway, I know there's got to be a way."

He said, as a real estate agent, he thinks the town's current offer of $54,600 was a decent offer. He read to the board several appraisals of "land of comparable value" to back his statement.

"I'm giving you this information for your analysis to help determine what is fair," Giessinger said.

In other business, Hayden Schools Superintendent Scott Mader asked the school board if they would look at bids for midsized sport utility vehicles. The board has discussed in prior meetings plans to purchase either a van or SUV for student and faculty transportation.

Also, the board discussed high school valedictorian and salutatorian policies, but because Hayden High School Principal Nick Shafer was not present, it could not go into detail. Mader did say that a policy is needed that would make it mandatory for a student to attend the school for at least three semesters to become valedictorian or salutatorian.

The board also accepted the resignation of high school counselor Kathy Crowhurst.

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