(08/06/2002)
The Calhoun Commission is now the owner of the old Calhoun High School athletic area. The property, known as Wayne Underwood Field, has been deeded to the county by the Board of Education for recreational use.

The deed included the entire complex, from several buildings to the "pit" area, also known as the practice field. It also includes the parking lot along the old school's street.

Commission President Larry McCallister said the property will be managed under the Parks and Recreation Commission. McCallister said a plan will be developed for the maintenance of the property, in addition to procedures for its use.

"We hope it will be an asset to our community for years to come," said Commissioner David Barr.

The Commission, expressing appreciation on behalf of county residents, is looking at several grant opportunities to begin upgrading the property for public use.

The deed has a clause which would revert the property back to the school board in the event it would no longer be used for recreational purposes, a requirement set by school board members.

A new principal was hired last night for Arnoldsburg Elementary School. After an executive session, President Rick Fitzwater said Donna Tetrick would fill the position, following the resignation of Sheri Graham.

A delegation expressed concern the new Calhoun Middle/High School field would not be available for Pee Wee football. "I believe we all pay taxes," said the spokesperson. After considerable discussion, Superintendent Ron Blankenship said the new ground is still very fragile and could not stand extra use this year. It will primarily be used for home football games, until it stabilizes.

Board members expressed opinions regarding the location of a new playground for Calhoun Middle School students, some of them not happy with two sites which are being considered. Jim Morgan, a member of the improvement committee, said the group will take a look at finding a third location and report back to the board.

The committee has received $10,000 from the Budget Digest for the project.


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