Parents, concerned about the inadequacies of the locker facility at Northview High School, requested the Clay Community School Board of Trustees to consider renovating the locker room at last month's board meeting.
The parents' group proposes building a 24-by-36-foot addition for the football team to store equipment and prepare for games during the season.
"The original design of the locker room was not designed for today's equipment or the size of the kids that play football," said Kurt Miller on behalf of the NHS Football Parents. The group has been working on a solution to the problem since November of 2004. "I've heard rumors that we are an angry mob, but we're not. We came here for an open dialogue about this issue in hopes for an answer to the problem."
The problem, as the parents and the NHS football players see it, is that the current locker room has only enough space for 64 players to store their equipment inside a locker. They feel that the room is too small for the number of players on the football team to get dressed or be treated for small injuries during the halftime of football games.
"We went from a football team where the coach had to beg students to come out and play, to a great team that is a leading force in the W.I.C," Jon Hull said at the May meeting. "We have 105 to 118 kids wanting to play football. We need to expand to meet this demand and to provide the tools they need to win."
Dwight Clerk agreed with Hull, but added: "I assume some students wouldn't even stay in school the whole four years if it weren't for the social atmosphere and extracurricular activities like football provided at school. Students take pride in a winning team."
The school board's problem is money.
With a needed $1 million in budget cuts causing a reduction-in-force of staff, a building addition for the football team is a hard sell.
The school board members agreed that the locker room was small, but outside of the financial considerations there was concern that there was no concrete planning for a project of this type.
"I think you deserve an answer," board member Steven Grigsby said to the parents, players and coaching staff present at the May meeting. "This idea started last November, but we still don't have any direction as to where we are going with this issue."
The board urged parents to work with the school administration and present a report at Thursday's school board meeting.
The board will meet at the media center of the North Clay Middle School at 7:30 p.m. immediately following the executive session.