Community chips in to rebuild track

10/11/2013 1:00 PM |

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | Three Greenport students (from left) — Nick Wallace, Justin Bracken and Bayron Rivas — during practice last March.

Greenport School District is receiving a helping hand from the community to restore its ailing track.

Since ending an agreement that allowed Greenport students to practice in Mattituck earlier this year, the district has been scrambling to come up with funds needed to prepare the school’s track for competition.

In August, Greenport School District officials reached out to the community for help. And they got it, officials announced at Thursday’s board meeting.

Southold School District, which doesn’t currently have a track team, has chipped in $15,000 for the project, officials said.

“Southold really bailed us out on that,” Superintendent Michael Comanda said after the meeting.

As part of the agreement, the two schools will create combined track teams this coming school year for boys and girls. The teams will compete in the spring track season, which starts in March. There will not be a winter track teams.

Local government, too, is sharing its resources to help with the reconstruction. Last week, the Greenport Village used its backhoe to dig out a sand pit for long jumps, Mr. Comanda said.

“It’s a great example of community,” he said.

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