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Super says bond call important to students

October 22, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer (mtoothman@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

Barbour County school officials want voters to know they feel the bond call and the excess levy proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot are equally important.

The bond call proposes raising $5.48 million over a 10-year term to assist with four phases of an athletic facility improvement project at Philip Barbour High School.

The PBHS track team often has to travel to Buckhannon to practice because the athletic facility at the school does not include a track. If passed, the bond would provide funding for a track, as well as other improvements.

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"It's a shame when our track kids have to go to (West Virginia) Wesleyan or Buckhannon to practice because we don't have a track," Super said. "I congratulate those kids for the success that they've had under the conditions they've had to practice on. Status quo is everybody else is passing you by, and you're actually going backwards."

Super said the bond is just as much of an asset to student education as the proposed excess levy. Although the bond and excess levy will appear separately on the ballot, Super said the two should actually be thought of as one.

"That bond proposal is extremely important to our students, not only from an athletic point of view, but from a participation point of view and from a classroom point of view," Super said. "I think that those arenas are classrooms as well as a traditional classroom. Our students learn an awful lot in both venues."

Super said sports, choir, the arts and other extra-curricular activities are important parts of education.

"Athletics and extra-curricular events keep a lot of kids in school," Super said. "We know that when kids are occupied, chances are they're going to perform better academically if that time is occupied with positive events."

Super added that extra-curricular events are certainly positive influences in a student's life. Some classes, such as band and gym, can be conducted outdoors when the weather permits. Super said he believes the PBHS band is one of the best, if not the best, in the state.

"We want to continue offering the best possible facility we can for all of our students," Super said. "The new surface on the football field is going to enhance our ability to have classrooms outside."

In the first phase of the project proposed by the bond, upgrades would include turf on the football field, new visitor bleachers, improved field lighting and the addition of an eight-lane rubberized running track around the field.

Also, obstructions would be removed to create a regulation-sized soccer practice field.

The second phase would include paving of the road and the parking lot at the football field and constructing a field house that would include both home and visiting team locker rooms, public restrooms, a concession stand, a weight room, a storage area and an officials' locker room.

The third phase includes baseball field upgrades such as new fencing, dugouts, press box and lighting, along with the relocation of the softball field.

The fourth phase proposes the construction of six tennis courts and a 2,000-square foot practice putting green for the golf team.

A three-dimensional rendering of what the proposed changes would look like is available online at www.barbourcitizensforqualityschools.com/Project-Info.html.

The website also includes more details about the project and a calculator that citizens can use to see how their taxes would be affected by the proposals.

Contact Melissa Toothman by email at mtoothman @theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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