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Jefferson Co. turns down funding request for fields

August 27, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday decided not to help fund a request to install new lights at Jefferson High School's football stadium and build a new girls softball field.

Jefferson High School Athletic Director John Brown told the commissioners recently that the projects would cost between $250,000 and $370,000.

Brown said he received $109,000 through the state Budget Digest and $10,000 was raised by volunteers. He said he was looking for ways to raise the remaining money - between $131,000 and $251,000.

The commissioners said they did not believe they could fund the proposal, especially since they recently agreed to spend $2.2 million to build a community center at Sam Michaels Park.

The commissioners might be able to help school officials find other sources of money, said Commissioner Rusty Morgan.

Brown told the commission 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 an increased demand for facilities.

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