WESTVILLE | Students taking part in track at Westville School will see huge improvements, including a surface that will allow them to host meets and even tournaments.
A surface made of hard rubber will replace the surface made of crushed cinder block that's been there for decades and now has grass growing in spots.
Superintendent Curtiss Strietelmeier said because Westville joined the Porter County Conference, it was only appropriate to have a modern track to host meets at home, as well as potential tournaments.
Official meets over the years have been held at other schools due to the poor condition of the outdated track.
"It's been in bad shape since people were going to school here 25 years ago," he said.
The cost of the track is being financed with a bond issue not to exceed $1.8 million.
Other improvements include a new press box at the softball field along with permanent bleachers to replace the portable ones at the track where soccer is also played.
A new pole vaulting pit will also be added to the long jump pit and high jump area that were just added in recent years.
Westville joined the Porter County Conference earlier this year.
Strietelmeier said he hopes students go out for track now that the facility is being modernized.
"We can do all of those things we couldn't do before, and we can do them in a place that when other schools come here we're proud to show off what we got," Strietelmeier said.
He said the new track will be finished in the summer or after the upcoming spring season.