The long-proposed renovations to Athens Drive High School's stadium will be discussed during today's Wake County school board facilities committee meeting.
The committee will discuss recommendations from a master planning effort conducted on Athens Drive Stadium. Several parents, frustrated by the lack of progress on the renovations, have hired a lawyer threatening to go to court.
The committee will also discuss whether to use the remaining startup design funds from the 2006 bond issue to work on two elementary schools or a middle school. This decision would accelerate which projects would be finished first when money comes from a future bond.
The committee will also discuss next steps for a proposed performance contract.
This is the first committee meeting since board member Kevin Hill was named chairman. It's also the first committee meeting since Wake County Commissioners voted to request legislation to take over siting, ownership, construction and renovation of schools from the school system.
This is the link to view handouts for the meeting.
No decision or recommendation was made today, but there seems to be strong support for using the $4.3 million school/city alternative for renovation to Athens Drive High School's athletic facilities.
In this approach, Williams Stadium would no longer host football, soccer and lacrosse. It would just do track and field and serve as an extra multi-purpose field, eliminating the need to build a field house there or make as extensive an upgrade.
Wake would build a new stadium on campus for football, soccer and lacrosse, allowing athletes to use the existing locker, shower and restroom facilities.
You'd also get more parking, better lighting and ADA accessibility.
It would be the first major renovation to the athletic facilities since they opened in 1978. What's held things up is that Williams Stadium is a half mile from campus on city owned land that's leased to the school system.
Members of the school's booster club, which had hired a lawyer last summer and threatened to take legal action, said today they backed the school/city alternative over the two more expensive approaches.
School board members said they'd work to get funding for the renovation included into this fall's potential school bond issue.
“We’re going to get things done. Trust us,” said board member Jim Martin to parents as they left today's meeting.