KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will consider a request by the Frankfort Athletic Boosters Association to fund the construction of lights for the school's baseball, softball and soccer fields.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune managing editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will consider a request by the Frankfort Athletic Boosters Association to fund the construction of lights for the school’s baseball, softball and soccer fields.
Missy Clark of the FHS Athletic Boosters, and Jay Hesse, athletic director, appeared before the board this week to present the request.
Clark noted that, since Frankfort High School opened in 1976, the school, parents and community have volunteered and donated quite a lot to enable the students to have athletic facilities, including the football field, track, and more.
“There has been roughly $4 million since 1976 in donated goods at Frankfort High School,” she said.
“We’d now like to request consideration by the board for lights on these fields.”
Clark said the cost of the lights - based on two rough quotes they had received - could be from $385,000 to over $600,000.
“We do know there will be other costs as far as getting electricity to the top of the hill, and the Boosters are willing to work with that,” she said.
“This is really the last piece of the pie for our athletic complex,” she added.
Clark and Hesse said they’d like to be able to start construction of the lights this summer “so soccer will have lights in the fall.”
Board president Rob Woy explained to the two that the board could not make any decision this week, as the issue was not on the agenda.
“I’m sure as we all have a chance to digest this, there will be more questions,” he said.
The request will be placed on the agenda for action during a future meeting.