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Mixed opinions on BC bond

District eyes bevy of repairs and improvements; additional forum to come

— Last December, three fathers and sports booster club members began a grassroots campaign to bond for a new synthetic turf field and track, lights for the high school gymnasium and replacement of three sets of bleachers. The district estimates the work would cost between $2.5 and $3.5 million, but those supporting the bond estimate the cost to be much lower.

Some at Monday’s meeting did not feel the athletic improvements to be a necessity, while others felt it is the poor condition of the facilities damages school pride.

“I’m 100 percent opposed to an artificial turf,” said parent Jeff Brown. “I don’t think it’s a priority, I don’t think it’s an urgency, I don’t think it’s touching anywhere near the number of students that that kind of money is meant to touch.”

Jim Giacone, one of the parents originally arguing for the project, said sports and extracurricular activities help children become well rounded and studies show they improve test scores.

“Literally pigeon holes, like $500,000 out of an $80 million budget, goes to extracurricular activities that help kids make smart choices,” he said. “So I think if there is any way we can put in a couple million for the kids on the state’s dime and partly ours to keep a positive atmosphere, I’m for it.”

The district plans to hold an addition forum at the end of September in hopes more community members will join in on the discussion. Further talks on the topic will take place at future Board of Education meetings. If the board approves a bond, the community would also have to pass the measure by referendum.

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