Work on the track at Duane Carlson Stadium is substantially completed, said Supt. David Looysen on Thursday. Sod still needs to be installed and more work done in the pole vaulting area.
The track was supposed to have been completed before the start of school Aug. 27, but was held up by bad weather and various problems with the initial work on the project, which have been fixed. Football games were played at Minot State this fall but the track should be ready in time for the spring track season.
Looysen said Thursday that a $900 per day penalty has been assessed for each day that the project. The total cost of the project was estimated at $827,323, which includes lighting and drainage tiles that had to be installed to deal with flooding problems in that area.
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The track at Duane Carlson Stadium, pictured here on Thursday, is nearly completed.
Keller Paving and Landscaping is the contractor for the project and Wold Engineering is the engineer.
Also during Thursday's school board meeting Looysen said other ongoing construction projects in the district are on schedule. Work on a gymnasium at Edison is nearly completed, as is a six classroom and lunchroom addition at Sunnyside Elementary and a gymnasium at Erik Ramstad Middle School.
The school board has received a clean report from its 2009-2010 audit by the Brady-Martz Accounting Firm. The firm found no concerns and praised the school district for efficiency.
The school board also heard the results of a survey taken of last year's graduating seniors that asked them to assess their school experiences.
Minot High School principal Mark Vollmer said the numbers of students who reported being harassed or threatened with violence during their time at school has actually gone down from year to year, but it's still a concern. Some 26 percent of the seniors said they had been harassed or been threatened, while 74 percent said they had not. Vollmer and curriculum coordinator Steve Joyal said the district takes that figure seriously. The district has a character education program and a suicide prevention program and teachers have worked even more closely with students in the past couple of years since the district began using a new educational model called learning communities. Most students said they had had a positive experience in school and had been well prepared for their future careers. The Minot school district uses the senior exit survey, which is taken by all seniors in May, as an assessment and planning tool.