Softball parents express concerns at BCHS

March 22, 2004

Boyle County Board of Education heard complaints Thursday from parents of softball team members at Boyle County High School about the condition of the softball field and a rash of thefts from team members.

A group of parents asked for permission to designate two parents to do maintenance work on the field, which they said is lacking. They also asked for financial help to purchase 50 tons of sand to spread on the outfield, which one parent called rough and dangerous.

Joan Mann, BCHS teacher and athletic trainer, echoed that opinion, saying the ground is rough and needs to be repaired.

Another concern centered around a rock-filled drainage ditch that runs between the football and softball fields. Mann and football Coach Chuck Smith agreed with parents who talked of the dangers of the ditch, and parents asked if the board would look into repairs.

The ditch carries runoff water, and sometimes the amount of water running through it is large, said one parent.


The board agreed to look into the problem, as well as the sand and grading needed on the softball field. It was noted the first game is less than two weeks away, but the problem affects practice play as well as games.

Parent Trent Pollack told the board his daughter's cell phone was stolen from her backpack during practice about three weeks ago, and he was not satisfied with the manner in which the theft was handled. He said since the theft, which occurred with other thefts the same day, the coaching staff has provided a locked room for the players to store their personal gear. He said his main concern, however, was the lack of concern demonstrated by high school officials after the theft.

"I'm aggravated that they didn't at least make an announcement at school about it," he said.

High School Principal Kerry Anness apologized, saying he did not remember speaking with Pollack but that he would look into the matter further.

The board will meet in special session at 5 p.m. April 1 at the high school to hear comprehensive plans.

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