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State champs want lights on their field

Kim LeCroy, the leader of the booster club for the state champion Demopolis High School softball team, again asked the Demopolis City Board of Education Wednesday to install lights at the girls softball field on the school campus.

Other boosters, parents, members of the team and coach Wayne Harris also attended the board meeting.

The softball boosters are currently raising money through a Boston butt sale and championship T-shirt sale for a batting and pitching facility and a dugout addition.

LeCroy stressed that due to the success of this year’s team more girls will be trying out for the team, and there will probably be enough girls next year for a junior varsity team. That will mean more practice time needed on the softball field. There would also be two games a day instead of one, she said.

LeCroy gave the board an estimate of approximately $30,000 for installing the lights including work by volunteer technicians and laborers.

Linda Agee, custodian of funds, stressed that passage of Governor Bob Riley’s tax reform plan September 9 would allow the system financial flexibility to add improvements to the softball field sooner. Agee said the schools system would not know what money is going to be available from state until after the September 9 vote.

The system is also currently renovating school buildings and may need additional money to complete that project, Agee said.

Earlier in the meeting before LeCroy spoke, board members had discussed adding the light installation as part of the school system’s capital plan at least by 2005. DHS principal Ronald Roberts said he planned to add the lights to his list of proposed capital improvements.

In other action from Wednesday’s board meeting, Randall was reelected board chairman for 2003-2004 and Gary Holemon was elected vice chairman.

Dan Wilson gave the board a check for $13,485.22 from the Hale/Marengo School-to-Career (STC) Partnership. He is the chairman of HERO, which provides funding for career material to be placed in school libraries.