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Wood BOE members, officials eager to address stadium issues

February 20, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Wood County Board of Education took no vote on the issues surrounding Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field Tuesday....

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compet

Feb-20-13 5:45 AM

Wood County Schools sponsors athletic programs. Part of that responsibility is to provide adequate facilities. They should not require the volunteers to shoulder the entire cost of this renovation.

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judgeroywv

Feb-20-13 6:43 AM

PSHS had to raise the money itself to build its stadium and played their games at PHS. PHS can play their games and host the other activities on South Side until they raise the money to fix their stadium. No tax dollars should be expended toward this, period. You want it fixed faster, go to the bank and see if they'll give you a loan and then hope your sponsors keep up the the payments. LOL. I can hear it now, "Welcome now to the United Bankshares Stadium Field". The other option you have is to put it up for a bond vote, but I can guarantee you won't get that passed.

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AaronL

Feb-20-13 7:01 AM

Meanwhile the Pickering crew anxiously awaits YOUR nickles to their pockets, no matter where they come from.

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WoodCoVoter

Feb-20-13 7:15 AM

No school should be treated any better than the others, so why doesn't PHS go the same route as PSHS did? I believe the other side of the river can do what the south side did. Plus PSHS can repay the favor of letting PHS play on their field until theirs is redone/or repaired.

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WestByGod

Feb-20-13 8:46 AM

Why hasn't the BOE allocated monies for the constant up-keep of this stadium. WVU has concrete and you don't see this.

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proudmomofthree

Feb-20-13 8:52 AM

$900,000 to keep it open for 5 years...It makes more sense to "tear it down" and start over!!! As large of a school as PHS is they need a NEW facility with an indoor turf and sprint track to stay competitive with the other schools. It's not just PHS that uses the field a lot of others also...such as wood county Rec for Track and Parkersburg Catholic. With such a strong history and diehard Alumni I'm sure through fundraising some of the money could be raised to help offset the cost of a NEW facility. Maybe then the Championships could be played here also.

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DisturbedAgain

Feb-20-13 9:06 AM

Both of my children have grown up on the South Side but I think it is atrocious that most South Siders aren't pushing for a viable solution. Yes, it is pitiful that South had to raise most funds independently but that is not the childrens fault. Parkersburg has a storied tradition of athletics and football is a major contributor. Find a viable solution and use a combination of WCBOE funds, loans and fundraising to get it done. Yes, this will be just another example of where WHS and South have been slighted once again, but this should only serve as stepping stone for all Wood County Athletics. Williamstown has a great facility to be proud of on their merits and South has a huge start. They need to replace most of the board at Erickson but that can be a tremendous facility. It should have been turfed long ago and instead of concrete tunnels, paved parking would be very inviting considering you pay to park.

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DisturbedAgain

Feb-20-13 9:08 AM

Bottom line, it's not about us adults or north end, south side. Athletics are about children and that is what we should focus on. This gets kids off of the streets, helps maintain fitness and keeps them off of the couch and instills a sense of pride.

Come on Wood County, work together for a solution and then move to the remainder of Wood County Athletics to make everything else comparable.

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proudmomofthree

Feb-20-13 9:12 AM

DisturbedAgain....great post!

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DisturbedAgain

Feb-20-13 9:14 AM

@compet and JCB, it is not the counties responsibility to endure the entire burden, the parents and community need to do their part. They are our children. JCB, this is not PHS city, it is Parkersburg. There is Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School and Parkersburg Catholic that all have one thing in common, Parkersburg. Get off of your high horse, get your head out of your butt and think about OUR children. The reason the Super Six isn't here is because we didn't grease enough palms. Break out your checkbook and that should take care of it.

Oh, and by the way, before any of you complain, I am not originally from the Mid-Ohio Valley so let's not say there is a prejudice to one side of the river or the other.

By the way, how come noone is up in arms about the both High School Crew Teams scrambling to find a feasible location to row from. Where is uproar to take care of those athletes? They get absolutely nothing from either school except their name.

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MrSmith

Feb-20-13 9:15 AM

This is just a crock. Goots says she wants a long-term solution but wants to have the stadium open in August.

Um, you can't have both in this case.

The $900K fix is a waste of money. Be adults, bite the bullet, and rebuild the stadium from scratch. If that means that $200K is not brought-in this fall, then that's how it is. Can't the politicians (BOE) make the RIGHT call for once, instead of rolling over?

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MrSmith

Feb-20-13 9:20 AM

Proudmomofthree is correct that the stadium needs to be torn down and built PROPERLY. We can deal with the ramifications as they arise, so we don't need to solve every darn problem today.

Someone mentioned the WVU stadium, which was built in 1980. The PHS stadium was built around 1900 or something (I'm not from here) so it's somewhat older than 33 years.

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MrSmith

Feb-20-13 9:22 AM

Kudos to judgeroywv - great comments.

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bboyles

Feb-20-13 9:30 AM

First of all, Judgeroy, your assertion that "no taxpayer money should be used, period", is ludicrious. Stadium Field is on the campus of PHS and the WCBOE is responsable the upkeep and maintainence of the campus. They are going to have to come up with some of the money. By the way, they should've already come up with the money to finish Erickson, too. Secondly, if you want to tear it down and start over, fine. However, if you aren't prepared to raise about $10-$15 million for a new stadium then you are waisting time. Everybody's fighting now about how to get $2.5 million so, good luck on that one. Bootom line is, if you want to fix Stadium Field everybody is going to have to pitch in. Taxpayers included.

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bboyles

Feb-20-13 9:33 AM

First of all, Judgeroy, your assertion that "no taxpayer money should be used, period", is ludicrious. Stadium Field is on the campus of PHS and the WCBOE is responsable the upkeep and maintainence of the campus. They are going to have to come up with some of the money. By the way, they should've already come up with the money to finish Erickson, too. Secondly, if you want to tear it down and start over, fine. However, if you aren't prepared to raise about $10-$15 million for a new stadium then you are waisting time. Everybody's fighting now about how to get $2.5 million so, good luck on that one. Bootom line is, if you want to fix Stadium Field everybody is going to have to pitch in. Taxpayers included.

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JmacPburg

Feb-20-13 11:52 AM

I just can't see throwing another million dollar patch on something that needs to be tore down and rebuilt. I would accept a bond levy that addressed the rebuilding of the grand stands at Stadium field, the turfing and finishing of Erickerson, and improvements as needed at Williamstown. This north/south thing is nuts. Has it been fair, no, but it is what it is. It's part of the reason we are where we are. It's time to end it. It's time for all of Wood County to step up and accept the past and plan for the future. Float a 20 million dollar bond levy, pay for the facilities and give our kids a chance to excel in the classroom as well as the playing field...both are equally important. South Grad, class of 1975.

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compet

Feb-20-13 12:16 PM

The BOE should have helped build South a stadium in 1967. They should have helped when the Erickson facility was built, and they should step up and help with the PHS stadium. I am not saying they should foot the entire bill, but they should develop a basic stadium plan and cost. If the PHS boosters want to enhance it with upgrades then the Stadium committee can raise those funds. They can alos look at South and Williamstown's stadims and see what needs completed there to finish those off as well.

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bboyles

Feb-20-13 1:22 PM

Jmac you hit nail on the head. It's going to take a $20-$25 million dollar bond to fix the problems at all 3 stadiums. However, I doubt you could get a bond to pass.

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JoinForces

Feb-20-13 6:38 PM

I never understand why it automatically has to become a North vs South issue. Instead of working together to find a solution for all Wood County students who utilize the sports facilities, "commenters" want to lay blame, wish bad "karma", and speak disrespectfully towards one another. The facts of the matter are that PHS Stadium Field was built on school property, therefore it is the Wood Co. Board of Ed's responsibility to provide a basic, safe location for the schools' events. It should not, however, be expected of them to supply million dollar astro turf or state of the art track surfaces. If the parents/coaches wish for any luxury beyond the simple grass field and metal bleachers, then it is their choice to put forth the fundraising efforts for such, no matter which school's mascot is painted in the end zone. PSHS's location unfortunately does not allow for a stadium to be built on school property. (contd)

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JoinForces

Feb-20-13 6:45 PM

Bad planning on the part of the building committee, but is it fair to punish today's kids for choices made 40-some years ago? Erickson was built on private property and is owned by a private entity. This fact alone explains why it is not the state's responsibility to fund the building of, or the maintenance of the property,(although I have been told they did allocate close to 1 million dollars towards each stadium a few years back). At the end of the day it's not going to matter who owns, plays on, or pays for these fields. What will make a difference is that each student was given a fair chance to compete in a safe facility and make life long memories with their classmates...whether they are blue, or red, patriot, or indian.

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southgrad

Feb-20-13 7:02 PM

It is a shame that these same individuals keep getting voted in time after time. For example " this wasn't on tonight's agenda". Give me a break these people are and have been voted in for years now and it is way past time for a change. This issue obviously needs addressed today not tomorrow. Quit being procrastonators and do your JOB. If you dont like it quit and dont run again.

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JmacPburg

Feb-20-13 7:58 PM

JoinForces, I think you need to go check the Wood County Tax map. Erickson is owned by the Wood County BOE. If your argument is that the BOE should pay for the repairs/basic facility at Stadium Field because they own it, then the same argument should be made for Erickson. I hate this we/they thing. I just wanted to point our that what JoinForces said is not true. The BOE owns both stadiums, and should be equally supportive of the needs of both.

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AaronL

Feb-20-13 8:49 PM

Bet if this was about a CLASS room ceiling leaking, there wouldn't be 3 replies; God forbid,if any SPORTS are held up. Pathetic.

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JmacPburg

Feb-20-13 9:45 PM

What's pathetic Aaron is people that hold no value for life's lessons learned on the athletic fields of our public schools. Yes, a leak in the roof of our classrooms should never go unattended, but we aren't talking about a leak here are we? I don't mean to belittle your point, but your attidude will serve to solve nothing. The point here is that our schools have needs and they are costly. It's time to man-up and assume the responsibilty for our kids futures, in the classroom as well as the field of play. Let me say here and now that I have no children or grandchildren in the school system, but I am willing to pay my share to help solve these problems.

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JoinForces

Feb-20-13 11:14 PM

JmacPburg I'm afraid you have been misinformed. I went directly to the tax records you spoke of and I believe if you follow the below link, you will see yourself the land is owned and operated by the Erickson All Sports Facility Development Corp, not the State Board of Ed.

*******129.71.205.120/webtax/Detail.aspx?taxtype=R&year=2012&ticket=34061&ticketsuff=

It also states directly on Erickson's website the land was donated by Mr. Erickson and is managed by the Erickson All Sports Facility Development Corporation.

"[2] Local businessman and philanthropist, Charlie Erickson spearheaded the effort with a contribution of 18 acres of land and $300,000. [3] The Erickson All-Sports Facility is managed by the EASF Development Corporation and is home to Parkersburg South football, soccer, tennis, and track. There are also plans to build a baseball field within the facility."

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