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Athletic director says school needs lights

March 12, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County High School Athletic Director John Brown asked county officials Thursday for $350,000 to install new lights at the school's football stadium and build a new girls softball field.

Brown told the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday that the county Board of Education does not have the money for the improvements, which are needed because of deterioration at the football stadium and an increased demand for facilities.

The lighting system at the football stadium needs to be replaced for several reasons, Brown said. One of the light poles recently rotted at its base and fell over, he said.

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"Who knows how the other poles are?" he said.

The lights are an outdated quartz type, which dim over a period of time, Brown said. Sometimes the lights go out at the stadium, which is used for football, soccer, track and band events, he said.

A softball field is needed behind the school because the girls team has to go to a field in Leetown, W.Va., to play, Brown said.

The commissioners heard the request as part of their annual budget process.

The commissioners believe they will have about $12 million to dole out. They have received $18.5 million in requests.

Commissioner Rusty Morgan asked Brown if he planned to seek funding from other sources. Brown said he would try to get funding from local state lawmakers and area businesses.

Brown said the $350,000 would pay only for materials. He said he would try to find people willing to donate labor to do the work.

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