Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 7, 2013

Tazewell BOE studying creation of athletic field

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Whether creating a new athletic field would be a good idea for Tazewell County schools is the subject of a feasibility study being considered by the board of education.

Tazewell County Schools currently pays the city of Bluefield to use Mitchell Stadium for football games, but some board of education members have considered the idea of building the school system an athletic field of its own.

“We don’t complain at all about the field,” board member Jimmy Jones said. “They’re good about giving us the time and so forth.”

However, school organizations such as cheerleader squads and band boosters cannot use the concessions at Mitchell Stadium to raise funds, Jones said.

There is an item on the Sept. 9 board of education agenda about checking into a feasbility study to see whether constructing an athletic field would be possible. Jones said this would be only for long-term consideration. A study would include the possible cost of such a project and whether any locations would be available. The idea is not one the board would pursue immeidately.

“This is not down the road, but we need to study it,” Jones said. “We can’t let it just die. We just want to keep it on the long range planing. It’s not the short range plan, it’s in the long range.”

Vice Chairman Steve Davis said a feasiblity study would help the board see whether, in the long term, it would make sense for the school system to have its own stadium. The board recently agreed to renew its contract with the city of Bluefield to use Mitchell Stadium.

“This is just to discuss how to study the issue,” Davis said. “This is nothing that really high priority. It’s a long term feability study.”