Pell City BOE to discuss upgrades to sports facilities
by David Atchison
Apr 26, 2011 | 1406 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PELL CITY — There is a special called Board of Education work session tonight at the board office to discuss plans for new high school sports facilities.

Two months ago, board member David Murphy publicly asked Superintendent Bobby Hathcock and his staff to develop and present a plan for building a new high school sports complex to the board.

“For our School System to achieve the stature that we want for our children, we must pursue the construction of complete facilities for track and field, as well as the addition of tennis courts in the Spring Sports Complex,” Murphy said at the board’s Feb. 22 meeting. “In addition, the construction of new and better parking lots with better public access to the complex is critically needed.”

Murphy told the board he believed there was a window of opportunity to develop the sports complex into something bigger and better.

“The ideal would be that on one given day we will have a softball game, a baseball game, a track and field meet, and tennis match all going on at the same time, and that we have enough parking and access to handle the crowds attending these events,” he said.

Murphy’s recommendation appeared to have garnered support from the board.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” board member Mike Price said.

Murphy said he would also like to see improvements at the Pete Rich Alumni Stadium, which would include added entrances for better public access, additional restroom facilities and improved seating for both sides of the football field.

The Pell City School System continues to grow, and now has a Class 6A classification.

Hathcock said a Class 6A high school should have a track so students have a place to train and participate in track and field.

He said the track could provide a springboard for athletic scholarships for students seeking college educations.

The School System has two construction projects under way, the new renovation and addition to Iola Roberts Elementary School, which includes four classrooms, gymnasium, media center and music room, and the new entrance at Pell City High School, which will also provide more administrative space.

Today’s work session is at 6 p.m. in the Gold Conference Room at the board office.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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