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markjb33 May 20, 2:48 p.m.
No, NO, No on any Bond
wral_viewer May 20, 1:00 p.m.
Stadiums aren't just used by a few HS student/athletes. It's used by bands, it seats parents and the extended community for football, soccer, lacrosse (if Athens has lacrosse), and likely other events that benefit the entire community (some HS's host "First in Fitness" events that are for he middle/elem school level, charity walks, etc).
It would be nice to know what the Parent Booster club has spent on the school community/athletics over this 30 years, I'm sure it's a LARGE sum. My kids don't go to Athens, but our booster org spends lots of money to support the infrastructure and facilities.
I've been to Athens....it's a lovely stadium setting, but it deserves to be accessible and safe for all.
Civil4Mind May 20, 11:39 a.m.
$5 Million is a bit much for a Stadium. To me it sounds like the school is trying to get turf and top of the line equipment. With the economy the way it is I say NO. Granted if it was only $250,000k to make it handicap friendly and provide better lighting then okay. But $5million your asking for a bit much.
tabdjb May 20, 10:36 a.m.
"Just another example of why ADA is bad law"
So why don't you try and push a wheelchair through the dirt, rocks and mud just to get to the sidewalk. Once you get in the concrete stops at the track. To get to the seats you have to go through rocks and grass. Trust my I know because I did it with my daughter for 8 years and neither of my kids went to Athens. We were there for various sporting events. I am an alumnus of Athens and I was sad to see that the field had not changed in 30 years.
3TeensGrowinUp2Fast May 20, 10:12 a.m.
PS - FVHS's stadium is in much worse condition than ADHS, but you don't see IT on the bond.
3TeensGrowinUp2Fast May 20, 10:09 a.m.
With 3 kids in high school right now (at a very run-down school!), I say NO to this spending. No one is in the position to afford any of these costs right now. NO. Having said that, my husband nearly broke his neck when he sat in one of the theater seats (broken back) this week. There are definitely some repairs that need to be made, for the sake of safety, so if anything at ADHS's stadium is UNSAFE, then fix it, but you don't need to spend that money to replace it. We taxpayers can't afford it. NO.
bombayrunner May 20, 8:55 a.m.
NO !! ... throwing money away on the Tata debacle did it for me. They throw away $250,000 ... then ask for more?? everyone should vote NO.
ezLikeSundayMorning May 20, 8:43 a.m.
While I support the role of sports in high schools, $5mil seems like a lot to spend on a stadium upgrade. I'm not going to let it stand in the way of a much needed school bond, though. If they take it out of the bond, they'll just work it through the budget if it's really needed. Maybe that would be better. Pave the access one year, replace the lights another. Rework a section of bleachers to allow wheel chairs in another year.
vst1908 May 20, 8:12 a.m.
As a parent of an ADHS student I wish some of you would come and see why this bond is needed before you so casually dismiss it as unnecessary. During the fall 2012 football season a visiting player was injured and lay on the field unable to move. Our stadium is not located adjacent to the school and we do not have a field house. An athletic trainer had to jump into a golf cart and drive to the front of the school to meet an ambulance and lead it, down an unpaved path, through the woods, to get to our stadium. Imagine, for just one minute, what you would have been thinking if that had been your child. You would wonder why your county did not do more to upgrade the facilities at all the schools. I would say I was disappointed in Mr. Coble's remarks but I guess he had his silver spoon in his mouth at the time.
whatelseisnew May 17, 7:02 p.m.
"The stadium is not handicap accessible and this should be one of the main arguments for an upgrade."
Just another example of why ADA is bad law.
whatelseisnew May 17, 7:02 p.m.
"For the hundreds of parents, students and fans of Jaguar sports, an upgrade to facilities more than 35 years old is a necessity, even a safety issue."
NO, they say they need more seats. SO, remove the stadium and use the space to construct additional classrooms. I will not vote for this bond, I never vote in favor of having corrupt politicians put me in debt. It would be far better to push additional seats to charter schools and provide vouchers for private schools. While a STADIUM might be a want, it CERTAINLY is not a need. the kids want to pay sports, there are plenty of ways to do that without gouging the taxpayers.
dsdaughtry May 17, 6:23 p.m.
there should be no bond that includes athletic funding. If schools want these funds for upgrades, it should come from booster organizations.
sbr1963 May 17, 5:55 p.m.
It is too bad that they are wrapping it up in the bond. I will not vote for it as long as the current board is in place and WCPSS can't seem to get their act together and use common sense on other issues.
tabdjb May 17, 5:11 p.m.
The stadium is not handicap accessible and this should be one of the main arguments for an upgrade. The majority of the stadium is dirt and gravel and there is no room for wheelchairs in the stands. Why not start small and move up from there.
lmp2001 May 17, 5:03 p.m.
The Athen's stadium unlike so many in Wake County has never seen updates. It is not even handicapped accessible! Many students attending Athens do so because the county assigns them there. We did not get to chose a school based on the stadium conditions and we paid for all those new stadiums to be built accommodating ALL citizens of Wake County. Maybe new stadiums shouldn't be built when new schools are built.
NJDEVILSFANINNCHELL May 17, 4:57 p.m.
You know Fuquay's stadium could use a refurbish also. Put that in the bond too. I still will vote NO, but why break a trend.
vance203 May 17, 4:38 p.m.
Sounds like some fundraising potential to me! Don't waste my tax money. Wash some cars and earn the money to update your stadium!
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03