All-weather track proposed for Emmaus...

All-weather track proposed for Emmaus High School

There are 40 comments on the The Morning Call story from Sep 24, 2008, titled All-weather track proposed for Emmaus High School. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Two world-class marathoners and a group of Emmaus High School athletes asked East Penn School Board on Monday to consider installing an all-weather running track, saying the current cinder track is unsafe and ...

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Needed Improvement

Easton, PA

#1 Sep 24, 2008
As a former cross country runner and track distance runner from back in the day, have to agree on this one. Cinder tracks are archaeic. The new tracks are safer and better "on" the athlete. I do remember ankle tweeking caused by divots and ruts in the old fashioned tracks, not to mention the dust and dirt that now can ruin a $100.00 or so pair of running shoes. Definately a worth while change/improvement.
Mac

Walnutport, PA

#2 Sep 24, 2008
A million bucks for runners. I guess this school district has deep pockets.
Smilin Bob

Livingston, TX

#3 Sep 24, 2008
Yeah, let's see if we can spend some more taxpayers money for a world class track. After all, property taxes haven't gone up much at East Penn in the past few years, right? We're not getting hit with the maximum property tax increase allowed by the Index each year,right??
who cares

Emmaus, PA

#4 Sep 24, 2008
Doesn't anybody pay attention to the news.We are broke as a country,the money market is killing people ,their loosing their homes and savings,maybe the track is better for the runners , the timing is not good to be thinking about spending money on a project that only benifits a few.Coats needs to read more than running rags.
whatever

Emmaus, PA

#5 Sep 24, 2008
"About 40 people attended the meeting in support of the idea".
sad how a few get to make decisions for the rest of us

"A new track would cost an estimated $1 million"
gee is that all?

"Many area schools have all-weather tracks."
Well, if the others schools have it East Penn needs it too. After all EPSD main focus is on sports. East Penn has that great new sports complex (kick azz weight room, nice pool, artificial turf ($1 mil price tag). What's another million, in these great economic times? How about that fenced in student parking lot, wonder what the price tag on that was?

"She also said other schools don't like coming to Emmaus for meets because of the poor quality of the track"
OMG Emmaus doesn't have the very best of something? Well they better go and fix that right away. Heaven forbid another school has something better. It's a shame they don't focus on having the best teachers.
Resident

Allentown, PA

#6 Sep 24, 2008
It's about time! With private funding, the track will cost the taxpayers next to nothing, as it should be. Bethlehem installed their track for $750,000 and it was all privately funded.

Since: Sep 08

Nazareth, PA

#7 Sep 24, 2008
oh boy
UnknownComic

Allentown, PA

#8 Sep 24, 2008
yea but all the other schools laugh at them and don't like running on their track... spend the million for their self-esteem.
an insider

Emmaus, PA

#9 Sep 24, 2008
please, World Class Africans Runners train on what?? Dirt
problem-iz

Doylestown, PA

#10 Sep 24, 2008
the schools lobby for these tracks (and other facilities) and hint the benefits to the taxpaying public ... and once they get the track (swimming pools, etc.) they are off limits to the public (locked up) for walking, jogging, running, etc.

Facilities are being built for a few elite athletes who will most likely leave the Lehigh Valley and never return in a few years (and the adults lobbying at these meetings are their parents).
sam

Allentown, PA

#11 Sep 24, 2008
Track is one of the only sports at Emmaus where there are no cuts. Anyone with grade eligibility can participate in the sport. More students participate in track than a lot of the other sports combined, so a decent track would benefit more than just a few. Cinder tracks are considerably slower than other tracks. The athletes at schools with these tracks are at a disadvantage for leagues and districts when their season is home meet heavy because they have less opportunity to log fast times. The athletes who do qualify have to drive to Bethlehem to train for these meets. If private funding is available, why wouldn't the school board approve this?
Running Out

United States

#12 Sep 24, 2008
an insider wrote:
please, World Class Africans Runners train on what?? Dirt
Yup, and what they don't tell you is you will have to replace the track after sun-beaten heat, in a very short time. So there is another million. I know a school with a cinder track and their runners are winning in districts so stop trying to spend taxpayer money on special interest that does not include education, board!!
Running Out

United States

#13 Sep 24, 2008
an insider wrote:
please, World Class Africans Runners train on what?? Dirt
One other thing, MAINTAIN the cinder track and it will be fine!! It has worked for 100s of years! Does keep up with the Jones' ring a bell?
Running Out

United States

#14 Sep 24, 2008
problem-iz wrote:
the schools lobby for these tracks (and other facilities) and hint the benefits to the taxpaying public ... and once they get the track (swimming pools, etc.) they are off limits to the public (locked up) for walking, jogging, running, etc.
Facilities are being built for a few elite athletes who will most likely leave the Lehigh Valley and never return in a few years (and the adults lobbying at these meetings are their parents).
EXACTLY. The public will be locked out because of vandalism, insurance, etc. Print all this out and send it to the board.
problem-iz

Doylestown, PA

#15 Sep 24, 2008
We got that con game in my district regarding a pool, track, and other facilities. The blah blah blah community benefits of a pool.

And the public has zero access to those facilities thus far.!

So, a former world class marathoner can complain for a new track (for his daughter, etc.) and the morning call will print the plea without asking valid questions raised in this forum.
Running Out wrote:
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EXACTLY. The public will be locked out because of vandalism, insurance, etc. Print all this out and send it to the board.
mustg94

United States

#16 Sep 24, 2008
Time for tax payers revolt.
Bushwacker

AOL

#17 Sep 24, 2008
While they are at it, I think a dome over the stadium would be well worth the investment. It would keep the elements out and keep the football field from getting muddy, and you wouldn't have worry about the track getting washed out
so sad

Allentown, PA

#18 Sep 24, 2008
With this economy in shambles, why are we even giving this any merit. STOP this insanity of overspending. For goodness sakes, I can't even make my mortgage payment every month because my taxes are ridiculous. To all East Penn residents, let's ALL put a stop to this overspending.
Placing the blame

Allentown, PA

#19 Sep 24, 2008
I think a dome would be great. I am all in favor of the track, it needs to be replaced, and has been for years. The money will come from other accounts, like the money from the ticket sales at the football games. I am a East Penn Tax Payer, and an Emmaus Grad that is still here, and I am all for it. I want Emmaus to be the best!!
ThisIsCrazy

Allentown, PA

#20 Sep 24, 2008
Take that Parkland!

I agree with #17.. they need a football dome. But since the taxpayers' of East Penn seem to have bottomless pockets why not an indoor hockey rink too!

Could we just focus on education and leave sports as a extra activity?

2,783 students (9-12).. how many are on this track team?
http://www.city-data.com/school/emmaus-high-s...

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