D-R Regional School Announces Track Replacement
Dighton-Rehoboth- Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony C. Azar announced today that the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School will be getting a new track. The high school track has not been available to the D-R Community for the past 4 years. “Due to numerous building facility issues that we inherited and fixed over the past 8 years with the support of our two towns and school committee since becoming Superintendent it was clear that we needed to focus our attention on replacing the school track,” Azar said.
“Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 pandemic impacting all facets of our school environment, our plans to replace the existing track were put on hold for the past two years,” Azar continued.
“We made a conscientious decision to look at various ways to fund the cost to replace the track and now we are in an excellent financial position to fully fund the track replacement within our current fy 22 budget with no additional cost to our taxpayers in Dighton or Rehoboth,” Azar said.
Dr. Azar indicated that the initial prep work has already begun and will hopefully be completed by mid-June. Azar shared the good news with the spring track team during one of their afternoon practices.
Also, in attendance for the announcement was the Dean of Student Activities and Athletics, Mr. Doug Kelley who said, “It was truly a pleasure hearing Dr. Azar tell the kids on the D-R Track Team that they will be getting a new track. It’s been a long road for these kids and they have been very patient waiting for a new track. I am truly excited for our track athletes.”
In addition, long time track Coach Brandon DeLano was also in attendance for the announcement, and he shared the following comments: Today’s announcement from Dr. Azar was both exciting and promising. Learning that demolition and reconstruction is imminent buoyed the spirits of the athletes and has created a sense of excitement for future seasons. The track is the most used and trafficked competition surface in the district. Not only is it a community resource, utilized by walkers and joggers, it also serves as a practice and competition facility for Cross Country, Winter, and Spring Track.
We have not been able to host a home meet, nor have we had a suitable practice surface, since 2018. However, Dr. Azar’s work promises that our program and our district will benefit from this important asset for years to come.”
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