Do we get a new stadium?
A very special expression of gratitude
to Molalla Branch of the Wells Fargo Bank for their generous support
and contribution to the Stadium Committee! Once again, at the February 14, 2002
regular Board meeting, the Stadium Committee representative appealed to the
Board to approve utilizing the $40,000.00 'surplus property' funds from the
Bus Barn to fund the Stadium locker room construction. After citing
substantial material and labor donations from the public, and assuring the
Board that the $40,000.00 would be sufficient to get construction on the
locker room phase of the project initiated and completed to the point
that the facility would be framed and weatherized, Rex Wilson stated
that May would be the deadline to begin construction in time for use
in the 2002-2003 school year. He also pointed out that not only the
football team, but the girls' athletic teams and the public would benefit
from construction of appropriate restroom facilities. There was also
the possibility, when renting portable toilets, the district may be
compelled by participants in high school athletic competition to secure more
appropriate facilities at district expense. The Board indicated that
they wished to have a net cost proposal prior to making a decision.
of the January 10, 2002 regular Board meeting, the MRSD Board of
Education has consistently voted against proposals to use funds from
'surplus property' to assist in the funding of the new stadium. The
Board voted against an offer to purchase the Buckner Creek property
timber at a price which would've been more than fair (considering less than
premium timber and it's diminishing value plus the fact that the site
would've been replanted with good stock for future timber sales).
Evidently some Board members believed that the "District doesn't really
need the money right now anyway".
At the December 13, 2001 and January
10, 2002 Regular Meetings of the MRSD Board of Directors the suggestion
was made that the District apply the funds from the sale of the old bus barn
to provide capital to get construction started on the new Locker Room
Facility. Although we've already ordered the new lockers for the new
facility there is still a prevailing opposition to any funding for the
At the regular MRSD Board of Education meeting, August 9,
2001, the Board made it clear that they expected the community to raise
the funds to build the new Stadium, Locker Room and restroom facilities, but
that they would assist with fund-raising efforts. This willingness to
assist was demonstrated by the Board's motion to guarantee the funding of
the new lockers until the balance of funds could be raised for this purpose.
The Molalla River School District Board of Education, at the
July 12, 2001 regular meeting, has declared the Buckner Creek property 'surplus
property' and allowed Larry Owings to investigate the sale of the property
and/or timber. The proceeds of this sale would, hopefully, be applied to
Stadium costs and/or Facility Maintenance and Safety.