Tight budget delays CCHS tennis courts

October 13, 2004|BRENDA EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The lack of tennis courts on the Casey County High School campus was brought before the Board of Education Monday, but current school construction and budget restraints probably will delay the request.

Jeff Martin, who has a son on the tennis team, asked the board to build four tennis courts near the school so the local team can compete and hold tournaments on home ground.

Board Chairman Don Sweeney said the school probably needs courts, but when it gets them is the problem.

"The problem is budget constraints. When we get more funding, it will probably be the next priority."

Sweeney thinks that courts would help tennis team members to get scholarships to college.

Martin said some other schools will not come to CCHS to play. He mentioned a tax hike to get the courts, but Sweeney said he did not see that happening. He suggested forming a boosters' club and begin raising funds and the board may match the money.


Superintendent Linda Hatter said a contractor has already looked at places on the school campus to locate tennis courts and if the boosters raise money the contractor also may help with expenses.

Board member Mike Davis said school funds are tight now, but the board is not against tennis courts.

When the board started the tennis program a few years ago, it had a volunteer coach, then paid him later.

Martin said there are several boys and girls who want to play tennis and sometimes there is not enough money to buy tennis balls.

The board agreed to talk with athletic director Jerry Pierce about the athletic funds and get a breakdown for the whole athletic program.

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