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Athletic director asks county for lights, field money

August 05, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson High School Athletic Director John Brown asked county officials again Thursday for help in funding improvements for sports facilities at the school.

The request to the Jefferson County Commission was similar to one Brown made to the commissioners earlier in the year, Commissioner Greg Corliss said.

In March, Brown asked the commissioners for $350,000 to install new lights at the school's football stadium and build a new girls softball field.

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The request, which was made when the commissioners were working on their budget, was turned down.

Brown told the commissioners Thursday that the project could range in cost from about $250,000 to $370,000, Commissioner James G. Knode said.

Brown said the cost for the stadium lighting would be between $150,000 and $220,000, Knode said.

Brown said the softball project would cost between $100,000 and $150,000, according to Knode.

Brown said $109,000 was received through the state Budget Digest program and $10,000 has been raised by volunteers, Knode said.

Knode said Brown is looking for ways to raise the remaining money needed.

That would range from $131,000 to $251,000.

Corliss and Knode said the funding request is being studied.

In March, Brown told the commissioners that the Jefferson County Board of Education does not have the money for the improvements, which are needed because of deteriorating conditions at the football stadium and the 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.

The lights are an outdated quartz type, which dim over a period of time, Brown said.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, Brown said.

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

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