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Saving Stafford High automotive program carries big price tag and could slow construction, Stafford School Board told

Date published: 9/26/2012

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Citizens at previous meetings have called busing athletes a "logistical nightmare."

One parent, Rodney Moore, said Tuesday night that his son will lose valuable tutoring and study time if he has to travel to practice fields. "It would make a longer and a harder day for students at Stafford High School," he said.

His son also spoke at the meeting. He said his dream is to be in the NFL and having to travel to practice fields will get in the way of that dream. If he can't study and his grades drop, he might not be able to play football.

Falmouth District board member Meg Bohmke said, "We're not going to take your dreams away from you."

She said that the board wants to work with them to make sure all students can achieve their dreams, whether students need to be bused, or a turf field in installed.

Horan's first option is to install a turf field at a cost of $1.5 million.

The second option is to stagger practice times on existing fields, which would quickly degrade their condition, he said.

The third option is to stagger practice times and use adjacent Chichester Park when it opens in 2014. But that also would harm existing fields.

Another option would be to build practice fields at the Clift Farm location, but there would be costs for irrigation, busing and temporary parking.

Horan said the current plan "is the most optimal."

Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976
Email: lestes@freelancestar.com


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