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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Greater Latrobe student teams will begin practicing on the athletic field on Monday.

Kurt Thomas, clerk of the works, reported to the school board this week that because 3 inches of rain fell within an hour on Aug. 29 at the construction site of the new athletic complex, the track was covered with water and mud.

“Site work has been complicated and troublesome at times with the recent weather events that we've had,” he said.

The track, which was partially completed, has been cleaned, and lines are to be painted by the end of the week, Thomas said.

Because of the flooding, contractors recommended that drainage infrastructure near the field be improved, he said.

A change order will be considered at the board's next meeting to include the cost of replacing a storm sewer line behind the gym and catch basin near the tennis courts.

Thomas said he was unsure of the cost but told the board it was “nothing outrageous that would affect the long-term budget.”

Roof installation for the field house and press box has started, along with installation of brick veneer on the buildings.

Crews have properly secured the construction area from the fields that will be used, but reminded students and parents to remain alert to changes and ongoing work.

“It is still a construction zone ... be careful when picking the kids up,” Thomas said.

In other business, the board hired a third-grade teacher who will travel from one Westmoreland County to another.

Heather Ball was unanimously approved for hire at Tuesday's meeting as one of six third-grade teachers at Latrobe Elementary School.

Superintendent Judith Swigart said Ball, a Greater Latrobe graduate, has been teaching in a Virginia county with the same name as her native Pennsylvania one.

“It was meant to be,” Swigart said.

After the meeting, the superintendent explained that teacher Sarah Daum tendered her resignation in August and agreed to begin the school year while the hiring process was completed for her replacement.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at

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