OLEAN – Athletic surfaces and the rental of classrooms were the topic of discussion at a meeting Tuesday of the Olean School Board.
Board members approved resurfacing of the tennis courts and track around the soccer field at the Olean Intermediate/Middle School at a cost of $280,000.
At $237,000, the track will cost the largest part of that. The remaining $43,000 will go on the tennis courts.
The resurfacing is the first for the courts and the track since they were installed in 1999-2000, according to district superintendent Dr. Colleen Taggerty, who cited the wear of the surfaces as the reason for the project. Taggerty said that weather permitting, the project could be completed as soon as the end of the fall or into next summer.
The track is part of the area that the Olean Sports Boosters have been eyeing as a prime spot for relocation of the district football field from Bradner Stadium. That project, estimated to cost about $1 million, is still active, according to Taggerty, as is shown with the installation of a fence around the athletic complex at the Intermediate/Middle School. The facility is currently home to Olean track, and soccer teams.
In other business, board the members voted to accept the contracts with Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES for use of classrooms throughout the district. In previous years, BOCES has rented 23 rooms. That number fell to 20 this year, Taggerty said. The rooms are used as special education classrooms operated by BOCES.
The district will receive $110,000 for the school year for their use this year. Last year, the district received $126,500.