The process of building a long-awaited track for the Commerce School System is under way.
Superintendent James E. “Mac” McCoy said Friday that he’s instructed the architects to get the project rolling.
“We met with the architects yesterday so we can start moving on it,” said McCoy Friday.
The track would be located on the Jefferson side of Commerce Middle School. Construction should begin this fall. First, however, the project must be put out for bid. McCoy estimates the cost at from $1 million to $1.2 million, which will come from the $20 million bond issue sold to build the new CHS.
The city school system has never had a track. Track teams practice on the high school practice field but all meets are held at other schools.
Clearly, your uninformed. Payign for the track was part of the bond issue. They just waited to make sure enough money was left over before they started on the track.
The bond issue had nothing to do with academics. It was about facilities.
If you think athletics are huge at CHS, clearly you haven't followed any of the teams. Wake up. The 1980s are over. Aside from the cheerleading squad, the other teams range from really bad to mediocre.
Smarter than you
06/11/10 at 11:41 AM
Just to keep everyones mind clear....the money that will be used to build the track is from the bond that was passed to build the new school and some other small projects. By LAW...that money can only be used for THAT purpose and no other. GEEZ....know the facts
dear know the facts....one million bucks for a track??? know this mr. or ms smarty pants....agreeing with this type of spending is wrong...it dont cost no million bucks to build a track.....just another goverment over spendature...watch who u vote for
Clearly, amazed, you are uninformed yourself. CHS athletic teams have actually done pretty well since the 1980s. In football, Commerce has won a state championship, six region titles, and has had made it to the playoffs eighteen or nineteen years out of the twenty since 1989. They also made it to the Final Four in 2006. Recently, Commerce has also turned around their basketball, wrestling, and baseball teams. The 2009-2010 CHS basketball team won region and made an Elite Eight appearance. The 2009-2010 Wrestling team won their Area, had a state champion, and three state runner-ups. Also, over the past two years, the baseball team has finished the regular season at or above five hundred and made the playoffs. The truth is Commerce plays many non-region teams in higher classifications instead of padding their records with easy victories. Consequently, their overall records appear mediocre or poor. However, in region play (where it counts), they do quite well.
I think it is great that Commerce is finally getting a track. As a parent whose child has ran track the past 3 yrs at the middle school they have been running on a parking lot and on red clay. Even in the hallways for sprints. Why shouldn't they have a track. Some of the kids had never been a track surface until the first meet this year. Commerce has some outstanding runners at both levels and they need a surface to practice on. The coaches are excellent and have prepared the students well even though they have minumal practice area. We go to track meets at other schools and they charge to get in, so maybe one day we can host a meet and get some money put into the track program for better uniforms & equipment