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WHS Baseball Facility Plans Progress PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 06:14

Plans are moving forward to put an indoor baseball practice facility at the Watauga High Campus, a facility on the original campus plan but removed to trim costs. John and Patti Turner appeared before the Watauga Board of Education Monday night to bring the board up to date on the effort to build the facility near the girls softball field. Delays and requirements of Town of Boone have added $38,000 to the cost of the project, according to the Turners, who told of various fund raising projects, so far raising some $45,000.  Naming availabilities, signage, and brick sales are underway to make money for the new facility.
Other facility reports at the meeting included the news that Green Valley is probably going to lose their White Oak tree from the front of the school. Dennis Ray told the board that the 150 year old tree was filled with cement a number of years ago to try to shore up a large cavity in the tree, but that the cement has fallen back as the hollow area has enlarged.  Ray told the board that the tree is beginning to be dangerous, with the possibility of losing large limbs or falling entirely as the upper portion gets more and more unstable. Taking the tree down would be a $3500 job, involving a crane, but needs to be done, and Ray said he would address the PTO with the news at an upcoming meeting. 
In the same presentation, Ray told of working with a sidewalk project at Valle Crucis School, with the school system wanting a harder surface than is proposed.  Ray said that they are not sure the proposed width for the sidewalk can be placed in the space, but that they are still working with those involved with the project.

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