PHS track project set for May

By Belinda M. Paschal -

PIQUA — A project to renovate the track at Piqua High School is set to hit the ground running in May, according to Piqua City Schools Director of Athletics Chip Hare, who spoke about the upcoming work during the monthly board of education meeting on Tuesday.

More than three decades old, the current track has been patched and repaired at least twice during its lifetime, Hare said. “Most tracks are supposed to last about 15 to 20 years,” he explained.

The first phase of the project is slated to start May 23, with new asphalt and the first layer of track laid in time for commencement exercises on June 3.

“The goal is to have it ready by Aug. 1,” Hare said.

The renovations will cost approximately $500,000, most of which is from private party funding, Hare said.

The athletic director also was on hand to introduce two student-athletes to the board, who recognized and honored record-setting diver Ike Karn and basketball player Colton Bachman, who holds the all-time leading score for total career points, with 1,569 points.

District Superintendent Rick Hanes praised the young men for their commitment to excellence and for being good role models.

In addition to their athletic accomplishments, Karn and Bachman are champions in the classroom, with both achieving a 4.0 GPA last quarter. Karn is set to attend the University of Cincinnati, and Bachman will go to Wittenberg University.

Hanes announced that this year’s State of the Schools will be held on April 6. The annual event affords an opportunity to hear an academic and financial report of the school district along with an update of the construction and other projects. Sessions will be held at 7:30 a.m. at a location to be announced, and at 7:30 p.m. at Piqua Central Intermediate School.

Tuesday’s meeting also saw a new principal welcomed to the helm of Piqua Central Intermediate School. Darrell Hite, who served as Piqua High School’s assistant principal for 11 years, said he is “very excited about this new opportunity” to work with students in a different age group.

“This is a great place to work, a great community to work in,” said Hite, who holds degrees from Wright State University and the University of Dayton.

The next meeting of the Piqua City Schools board of education will be at 6 p.m. April 28, at Piqua Central Intermediate School. Live and recorded streams of meetings can be viewed online at under “Boxcasts.” Agendas, minutes and other documents can be found by clicking “Public Access.”

By Belinda M. Paschal

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.