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Northwood's track is an accident waiting to happen

By Susan DiFranco
Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - Can anyone explain to me why Northwood High Schools track is in such disrepair?

My daughter just joined the track team and they had a meeting on Friday, February 23rd to talk about track this season. Eight-six kids are on the track team. That's wonderful. However there is one problem.

The track is falling apart. There are cracks, shoddy blocks and numerous other problems. Some kids have to practice on another school's track. The track is so terrible that kids practicing on such a poor track is an accident waiting to happen.

There are no home track meets at Northwood because the track is in such poor shape. What is wrong with this county? Why is there such poor upkeep at our schools? How embarrassing for these kids to not have a decent place to practice or compete. Why are the football and baseball fields so emaculate? They get new uniforms while other team sports are left behind to wear old uniforms and practice, but not compete on terrible fields and tracks.

This is horrendous. It is embarrassing.

While we talk about a possible new high school, these old neglected schools have to be repaired. The students at these schools deserve better. Is there no pride for these children?

The work also needs to be done right. Not just covering up the problem. The track must totally be broken up and a new track be put down.

Please school board members, think about our children.

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