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By Tony Eierdam
The Community News
From The Community News, April 23, 2010
New seating at Bearcat Stadium and new thoroughfare dedications at the high school were two agenda items discussed Monday night, April 19, at the Aledo ISD board of trustees regular meeting at the AISD administration building boardroom.
In an effort to help generate more revenue for the district, trustees approved to accept bids for end zone seating at Bearcat Stadium.
Approximately 800 seats will be added to the east side of the stadium to increase capacity to about 9,000. Aledo ISD superintendent Don Daniel said the main reason to add the seating is to attract more playoff games.
The funding to contract to build the new seating – which will cost in the neighborhood of $100,000 – will come from leftover bond money from the 2005 bond election.
“We were turned down for playoff games at our stadium last year,” Daniel said. “The reason given was not enough seats. We are hoping by adding 800 general admission end zone seats that we might be able to attract more playoff games.”
The extra seating will also allow more season tickets and single-game tickets to be sold on the home side, as the Bearcat Regiment will sit in the new end zone seating area. It will also allow the band easier access to the field for its halftime performances.
“Moving the band will also allow all of our fans the ability to see the band and hear the band better,” Daniel said.
Parker County judge Mark Riley and Freese & Nichols Inc. project engineer Chris Roscoe were present for the dedication of two thoroughfares that will be built on the high school and ninth grade center property.
Trustees approved the dedication of the thoroughfares Champions Drive and right-of-way entry Buchanan Drive. Champions Drive will connect the property to Bankhead Highway, while Buchanan Drive will be the right of way connecting the school property to Champions Drive.
“Parker County is proud to be part of Aledo ISD,” Riley said to the board. “We are honored to build a road (Champions Drive) to recognize Aledo ISD’s champions.”
Trustees also approved to accept bids for scheduled painting of McAnally Intermediate School and Stuard Elementary.
During superintendent reports, trustees jay stringer, Bobby Rigues, Manning Daniel reported on a visit to Sen. Wendy Davis’s office to discuss target revenue funding by the state.
The group reported it was a positive meeting and that Davis seemed concerned of the state of public school funding and its applications.