Athletics
East Allen County Schools believes that extra-curricular opportunitiesfor our students are an integral part of their educational experiences.  Part of the long term vision for EACS is toimprove the facilities throughout the district for our extra-curricularprograms.  Responses from the questionsfrom the Community Meetings are provided below:

AtHeritage there is attention needed at the football stadium.  This is an eye sore.  LED lighting would be very efficient.  Rusted light poles. The bleachers need work.
Theproposed vision includes work on the bleachers and press box at Heritage.Thepress box at Heritage is rotted and there is a safety concern.Theproposed vision includes work on the bleachers and press box at Heritage.

What is wrong with athletic facilitiesat Heritage?Thebleachers and press box pose a safety concern and need attention. 
Heritage is the only high school lacking aoutside locker with public restrooms and concessions.  The proposed out building could house equipmentas well based on final specifications. There are not drawings yet of the final product.  The intent of the District’s Vision is tohave high school extra-curricular facilities be equitable.

AtHeritage, there is a need for adequate lighting for practice fields &clarification of what the practice field will be used for.
Thearchitects can explore the lighting concern. The additional practice field is needed for soccer but would most likelybe utilized by other sports as well.   Becausethere is not a practice field for soccer, the soccer competition field neverhas time to recover from the constant use.

AtHeritage, upgrade softball field/baseball fields.
Thesoftball and baseball fields are not included in the current vision. This isincluded in the vision.

Whatis the amount of money being spent on athletics?
Thatamount will depend on what is included in the final plan and the associatedcosts for that portion of the project.  

Need a newP.A. system at the football field.The sound system is not part of the current vision, but it can be looked into.Ourfacilities are embarrassing when schools have to see our facilities.
Thevision is to update the facilities and improve safety.

Isthe issue of artificial turf a need or a want?
The opinion of the administration isthat artificial turf is not re

Doesthe etc. in the last bullet point include the turf field?
The intended use of etc. was inreference to the fact that the out building could house more than the listeditems depending on the final design of the out building.    

Neednew press box for softball & baseball – safety issue.
The safety issues have not beenbrought to our attention but they can be looked into.

Improvementin turf field – that would make it more attractive.  Can we use the $11 million on the turffield?  Host more events & make moneyfor support.  Benefits are bigger trackmeets, band competitions, Special Olympics. A lot of people in support of this & were ignored.
Not sure where the $11 millionfigure came from.  The Board will decidethe projects for each attendance area based on needs.   If it is determined to provide turf fields atour schools, it makes sense that they would be multi-use. 

Volleyball accessibility in Woodlan Elementary gym so it can be used by the community.
The elementary gym can be retrofitted to hold volleyball standards. 

Arethere any athletic funds available from organizations or grants to apply for?
We are always interested in pursuinggrants for which EACS is eligible 

IsLeo really getting a turf football field?
Turf fields are currently not part of thevision proposal.