Passaic Valley High School Plans to Hire Company To Refurbish Its Track

Passaic Valley High School is finalizing the approval to hire a company to renovate the high school's track this summer. Credits: Tina Pappas
Pictured is John Copeland, owner of Copeland Coding, who gave a presentation on plans for track upgrading to trustees of Passaic Valley High School's Board of Education. Credits: Tina Pappas

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Passaic Valley High School is in the process of hiring a company to renovate its track.

At a recent board of education meeting, John Copeland, owner of Copeland Coding, gave a presentation on plans for track upgrades to trustees. He said his company does roughly 45 tracks a year and has been in existence since 1979.

"I've been told I'm one of the oldest track surfacing companies out there," Copeland noted. "I look forward to breathing some life into this track."

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According to Copeland, after inspecting the high school's track, he told board members that it has garnered its share of wear over the past decade.

"The track is 12 years old and has sustained a lot of open seams and there are chunks missing from the inside edge," he said during his presentation. "It's probably a day's worth of patching that we'll do after power washing."

Copeland then went into specific details of the track's current condition and what would be needed, which he said would take roughly eight days to complete the upgrade. He also mentioned several compounds that would be included in the track surface, which would include liquid polyurethane and rubber granules.

"The rubber granules are introduced into the liquid so it binds with the same wearing surface that was installed originally when this track was put in," he explained. "That should leave a revitalized resiliency and a track surface that ought to serve the high school well for another 10 years."

Copeland also said the cost to resurface is more economical than having to replace the track in its entirety, which is not warranted at this time.

"Some tracks out there are 30 years old and still going strong," he added. "This track surface is non-penetrating because it's a non porous track surface. It's waterproof and air-proof so the air and the water isn't getting into the asphalt like it would if this were a commodity-type track."

He also stated that he believe the track's base structure was good.

"There's nothing to indicate it otherwise. It has been waterproofed and you really get a good value for the money spent to bring it back to life."

According to Colin Monahan, business administrator, board of education members still need to give their finalized approvals in an upcoming meeting for the work to begin, which is planned to take place this summer.

The budgeted cost for the high school, which he emphasized does not include architect and engineering fees, is approximately $175,000, through the state's contract with FieldTurf, USA, a national purchasing cooperative.

"This was done through the ad hoc committee was allocated through the school's budget for this year," Monahan added. "It would be done right after graduation and wouldn't take long - about a week or so, and the track would remain closed for that duration."


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