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William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet
MAYBE A LIGHTED ATHLETIC FIELD AT NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL—The Gloucester City Board of Education, by a vote of 8-1 authorized a design change for the new Middle School to include an athletic field lighting proposal. The additional cost would be$125,000 just to install the conduit. Stadium lights and poles would be extra. The money would come from the district’s capital improvements fund. The state would have to approve the change and the district would have to comply with contract laws and bidding requirements.
Voting to approve the change were Board members: Robert Bennett, Stephanie Cohan, Richard Dolson, Edward Hubbs, William Johnson, Bruce Marks and Tracy Farrow. Board vice-president Jackie Borger was the lone nay vote. Absent from the meeting were Linda Bittman and Patrick Hagan.
We asked Board member William Johnson Jr., why students at the new Middle School would need a lighted athletic field, especially since there is one already at the high school. Besides the high school, there are also lighted fields at the Johnson Blvd. sports complex.