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Martins Ferry School Board member James Agnew, left, and Superintendent Jim Fogle hear about paving options for the campus trail on Wednesday. The council ultimately opted for the more expensive but more durable option.

The Martins Ferry City School District School Board decided on Wednesday to invest in the campus track, with the board choosing between two paving options.

The first option cost $80,000 and involved milling the remaining asphalt and installing the base asphalt. The second option would cost $180,000 and involve installing cement stabilization over the existing stone base.

After a telephone consultation with Glen Maurer, Vice President of Vasco Asphalt, the board chose the most expensive plan. Via the loudspeaker, Maurer described the various options.

“The original goal was to build an overlay, and that’s what we started to build. … We broke through the existing asphalt that we were going to try to salvage. The stone underneath was a mix of stone and mud, and as we dug it got wetter and the clay wet,” Maurer said.

He said the options were to remove the asphalt, regrade it and try to see if the stone dries up, or remove the existing asphalt and use cement to stabilize the existing stone.

Maurer said the first option would depend on a good week of warm, dry weather when paving resumes. He said the second plan would solve all unforeseen basic issues and remove weather conditions from the equation.

He said the second option would require the use of a plowing machine. Maurer said work would begin within two weeks and add another four weeks to the schedule.

“We would get the surface this year, I’m convinced of that,” Maurer said.

The board agreed that the second option would be more sustainable.

“Because of the concrete base, and you’re not dependent on the weather,” Superintendent Jim Fogle said. “You use this cement stabilizer, it will be a big part,” he said. “It’s going to last a lot longer than Option 1…with this cement stabilizing it, and all the other components that make up Option 2, I have to believe that’s the way to go, and if we want may this trail be there for a long time before there is anything to do.

Fogle also informed the board of the ongoing project to correct floor heaving due to pyrite expansion in the ground below the foundation. Miller Diversified is overseeing JD&E Construction as they replace the current concrete slab. The first step was to drive piles into the bedrock to secure a foundation.

“Stilts are currently installed in the college library. They were dug. …I was watching them screw a couple into the ground (Wednesday). Once they finish those pilings, they’ll move to the administrative area where the high school offices were, and then they’ll start screwing in the pilings and installing them in there,” Fogle said. “It’s ready to roll.”

He said concrete was removed in the main hallway outside the high school library.

“They’re grading that area right now, from there halfway down the main high school hallway,” Fogle said, noting that the outside guidance office is also graded.

Fogle said workers will begin 10-hour shifts this week. The company is also in the process of finding a place to deposit the debris and hopes to start having it removed by early next week.

Fogle said the district is considering repairing the asphalt around campus.

“That’s something we’re going to have to do before we start the school year,” he said, adding that the district was asking for estimates. Fogle said the paving could also include the baseball and softball fields, access road and parking lot. “It will probably have to be done afterwards, and depending on the price, we will determine if we have to bid.”

The council also participated in a closed executive session with Chief of Police John McFarland to discuss security arrangements. Outside of the session, McFarland said school safety remained a vital concern and mentioned the recent mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas in May.

“It was a sad situation, and you think it could never happen to your school or your area. We’re going through some things and coming up with some new ideas. Kids are the number one priority,” McFarland said, adding that a resource officer is present at the school and that local law enforcement will have a quick and effective response to any situation.”We have active shooter training quite often…sometimes two or three times a year … I’m very comfortable with the way we train, the way we train and our goal, our policy in how to deal with situations like this is to go preserve life and protect people. innocent.

“We are constantly reviewing this security plan and always looking to improve in this aspect,” Fogle said. “The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance, and it is certainly something that we constantly review.”



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