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Surface on track to pass muster

Falls spends $50,000 for refurbishing

NEWTON FALLS — As refurbishing work is taking place at the junior / senior high track complex this summer, school officials have been discussing additional work for the complex in future years.

Super-intendent Rocco Adduci said the current work being done by Vasco Group of Massillon cost $50,000 and will be completed by early August.

“This project will get us an additional four or five more years on the track because the board is looking at having a whole new athletic complex. We have been investigating that project and talking to people for a future project for bringing the track up to today’s standards,” Adduci said.

He said work was needed on the track this year, with contractors saying work needs to be done every five to seven years.

“We are bringing it up to standards so we can have track meets. To do a bigger project, we would have to redo the entire athletic facility such as a drainage system and turf for the field,” Adduci said.

Treasurer Carla Click said the athletic boosters contributed $10,000, and a brick sale raised $22,850 toward the refurbishment of the track.

Also, Adduci said the schools in May formed a group called the Newton Falls Community Advisory Boosters, which is a business relationship with Newton Falls village officials on possible shared opportunities in the future, such as the athletic complex and having an alumni association and Newton Falls Hall of Fame like other schools.

“The hall of fame would not only recognize graduates but anyone who contributed in some way to the success of Newton Falls over the years. We have coaches and teachers here who may not have been graduates of Newton Falls. We also want to recognize graduates who have gone on to bigger and better things. We would like to do something like Warren has done with plaques on the walls at Harding High School,” he said.

Boosters will focus on uniting through communications such as social networking among the schools, businesses and the community.

The boosters will meet again in August with committees formed for education, athletics and alumni.

In other business, the district will have a therapy dog available for students and staff for the 2021-22 school year.

The board at its June 24 meeting approved a service contract with Therapy Dog for veterinary care, food, supplies and training of staff with all costs covered by a school improvement grant. Click said the insurance for the dog will be in place for the school year.

Adduci said the hypoallergenic Labradoodle, which is going through training, will provide comfort to students having issues at home or school, or with any stress.

“We have read where the therapy dogs do help students and adults,” Adduci said.

The dog will be cared for by Assistant High School Principal Rachel Rankin.

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