Sonora High track, field construction schedule irks parents

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat

Dozens of parents and community members last week voiced concerns over Sonora Union High School District's handling of the track and football project so far, with many calling on the district to change the construction schedule and keep the home football season intact.

The discussion took place at an informational meeting, organized by Superintendent Mike McCoy. About 50 people came with questions and concerns regarding the district's first of its upcoming projects from 2012's $23 million Measure J.

The district earlier decided to renovate the track and football this year which will force the football team to play some of this season's home games at another school.

Football games support other sports financially, are the main location of fundraising events for numerous clubs and organizations and are a big part of many students' lives, attendees said.

The district generates $30,000 a season in gate fees, McCoy said. School clubs only net $4,000 a season from fundraisers - mostly food sales - at the games, he said. That money is used for materials and trips clubs take.

The sentiment that this construction schedule would destroy the important cultural aspect of football games within the high school experience was echoed at Monday's meeting by several audience members.

That idea was perhaps said best by former Sonora High principal Rod Hollingsworth at the June 24 board meeting. He said the students won't remember renovations done to buildings, but they will remember football - or the lack of it.

For the full story, see the July 7, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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