Jefferson City to develop athletic facilities on tornado damaged properties
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City High School plans to expand their athletic facilities on properties that were damaged by the tornado.
Prior to the tornado, the high school was land locked and lacked room to expand. After the tornado, home owners who experienced damage asked if there was interested in their property knowing they were need of space for their athletic facilities.
Capital City High School already has room to expand and add competition facilities in the future. Jefferson City Schools Chief Financial Officer Jason Hoffman said that the school district wants to make sure both schools have the same opportunities in terms of facilities offered.
"It would be best if we had all of [the properties] but we'll certainly work around them. We're never going to force anyone out of there home," Hoffman said. "That's not what we're about. We know this is very sensitive and we're trying to work with everybody."
Jefferson City School District sent letters to about 50 home owners regarding buying their properties. So far 33 of them have agreed. Not all 50 properties are needed to expand. It mostly depends on where they are.
The plan is to bring all athletic competitive facilities to the school's campus for baseball, softball, soccer, and tennis. Also, there is a possibility for a new greenhouse.
Hoffman said the athletic facility that would likely get built first on the new properties would be a softball and baseball field since those are currently off campus.
One of the main reasons to expand athletic facilities on campus is to better ensure student safety.
Its not known when the expansion will be completed.