By Sue Kiesewetter
FAIRFIELD - Students at Fairfield Middle School should have a new asphalt track within three weeks.
The school's parent-teacher group sponsored a two-week fund-raiser earlier this year that netted nearly $19,000 to pay for the quarter-mile track, being built at a cost of $15,500 by Brown Paving, a Fairfield contractor.
"Every year we have one big fund raiser," said Jane Kruschinski, who chair's the group's fund raising efforts. "We have no track. Currently the students go to the track at the football stadium."
Principal Liz Griffel said that's a safety hazard because students must cross Ohio 4, a five-lane highway, to get to the football track, about a 10-minute walk from the Nilles Road middle school.
"We've wanted a track since 1997 when we moved here (the old Fairfield High School)," Mrs. Griffel said during Friday groundbreaking ceremonies.
Physical education teachers requested the track, which will be open to the community when not in use by the students, Mrs. Griffel said.
The quarter-mile track is being built around the softball field behind the school. It will be 10 feet wide, enough for four lanes should the district decide to stripe it later, said contractor Barry Brown.
About 400 of the school's 1,700 students participated in the fund-raiser, Mrs. Kruschinski said.
Of those, 34 students sold 30 items or more.
Top selling honors went to seventh-grader Dean Kruschinski, who sold $1,165 worth of merchandise, followed by eighth-graders Sean Lloyd, $460.50; and Ben Vennefron, $450.50.
All three said their main motivation to sell was the prize: a limousine ride and off-campus lunch.
"I like sports but I don't really like to run track that much," said Dean, 12.
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