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Community weighs in on new Scott stadium

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The public got a chance to weigh in Thursday night on what will go into the new stadium at Scott High School.

Scott and Woodward high schools are the last two schools in the Toledo district with no stadiums to call their own. But the start of the 2014 school year, they could be the only schools in the district to have turf fields. At Scott, a regulation track is the biggest question mark.

Preliminary drawings were discussed with members of the Scott community on Thursday. The school has allocated $1.1 million from a bond issue passed in the early 2000s for the project, and now discussions have started as to what amenities the stadium will include.

So far, a turf field, bleachers and a press box are the top priorities. Those items could use up the entire $1.1 million, and anything over that amount will have to be raised by the community.

Another top priority is the regulation track. The only problem is there isn't enough room behind the high school for it to fit unless the district acquires six houses on Winthrop.

District officials have already heard the owners of those homes don't want to sell. If that's the case, three-quarters of a track could be built to fit around the field.

"We need to fully research all aspects of making sure that we can put the stadium in for the benefit of the students," said Dr. Cecelia Adams, a member of the school board. "Nobody wants to do anything that would upset the community or the families."

The district will develop a ‘Plan A' and ‘Plan B' design for the community to choose from, and planning will start in late January. Construction will start May 1 and end in mid July.

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