Athletics facilities project stalled

Published 1:07 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Progress on the new athletics facility and gymnasium at George Rogers Clark High School hit a roadblock Tuesday night when no member of the Clark County Board of Education was willing to make a motion to approve development documents following a reduction in elements to the plan.

Administrative Director of Operations Donald Stump told school board members they were “way beyond their budget” on the athletic complex project, which was combined with the gymnasium addition project in an effort to reduce

The proposed changes include a reduction in seating from 5,000 home seats to 3,500, with 500 visitor seats left on the opposite side of the stadium.

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The change led to an 8,000 square feet reduction in the size of the building beneath the bleachers, which houses the locker rooms and concession stand.

There have also been several changes made to the alternate items in the plans, which the board can choose to proceed with if the base bid for the gym and stadium comes in low enough.

Most notably, the baseball and softball fields have been removed as an alternate altogether because the number of bid alternates had become so large. A field house for the two fields as well as a practice field has been reduced in size as well.

The changes met with stiff opposition from board members Gordon Parido, Judy Hicks and Ashley Ritchie, who said that the changes were not what the board wanted and they did not reflect what had been promised to the residents of Clark County.

“This is not at all what we promised the community and this is not at all what the facility committee put together,” Ritchie said.

Board Member Scott Hisle suggested that the baseball fields could be cut from the project and discussed as a separate project. However, no final decision has yet been made.