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Marengo residents seek better facilities

LINDEN &8212; Supporters of Marengo High School football have been sporting their orange and black each football season without change. One thing they do hope to change, however, is the condition of the athletic complex in Dixons Mills.

Woodie Hackworth, an alumni of MHS and representative for the community, came before the board of education Thursday requesting something be done at the current football stadium site, a place he says is in &8220;bad shape.&8221;

According to Hackworth&8217;s assessment, the current facilities should be condemned. Superintendent Luke Hallmark agreed to an extent, saying the old school building near the field is a liability issue. Although both sides agree the facilities are not adequate, the school board does not have the means to build a new facility.

According to Hallmark, the system has set aside bond issue funds to make some repairs and renovations on the current field site.

Hallmark also said all four of the other schools in the county system are in need of repairs for athletic facilities, but MHS seemed to show the most need. As for a new complex, Hallmark said it will just take more time and more money.

In other business, the board:

Approved a second budget amendment.

Adopted the state approved credit-based graduation plan.

Approved solicitation of bids for buses.

Approved increasing transportation costs.

Approved bid for renovations.