Running track to be refurbished at ASD
by Shane Dunaway
Feb 19, 2014 | 576 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Board of Trustees approved a resolution allowing AIDB President Dr. John Mascia to seek bids to refurbish the running track at the Alabama School for the Deaf during their quarterly meeting Tuesday.

According to ASD Principal Paul Millard, the track has been repaired on multiple occasions since it was first constructed in the early 1980s.

“It’s just gotten to the point where it’s been repair on top of repair and the track has deteriorated,” Millard said.

Mascia said the estimated amount to repair the track could range anywhere from $60,000 to more than $180,000 depending on the materials used in the construction process.

The track primarily is used for ASD athletic events, but Millard noted several local schools use the track as well as the general public.

Mascia delivered his first President’s report of the year, reflecting on the progress made as he prepares to enter his second year as President.

“I stood before you one year ago and delivered my first President’s report,” Mascia said. “I promised you that I would work alongside you and our terrific staff as we lead this great Institute forward. I promised you, our staff, our students and their families that our shared vision will foster an environment that encourages all people, regardless of their disability, race or gender, to achieve their goals and to make a difference in the world. I believe that we have made great strides over the past year, and I reaffirm to you and to the AIDB family my unwavering commitment to do my very best during my second year and every year that I serve you as President.”

In other business, the board:

O Voted to go into executive session to discuss a legal matter.

O Approved minutes for the Nov. 19 meeting and Jan. 13 Executive Committee meeting.

O Voted to approve personnel actions.

O Introduced the institute’s new Chief Financial Officer Lesley Bollendorf.

O Approved AIDB’s first-quarter financial statements for fiscal year 2014.

O Voted to approve purchases more than $15,000.

O Heard updates from Mascia on various facilities in the works, including the Alabama School for the Blind’s estimated $1.4 million band hall project anticipated to be let for bid in May and completed in February 2015.

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