BoE feels heat from parents about hot Sandy Creek H.S. gymnasium; fix promised by Oct. 19

Tue, 09/18/2007 - 4:14pm
By: John Thompson

Sandy Creek High School’s volleyball parents are hotter than the un-air-conditioned gymnasium and blasted the school system Monday night for a lack of coolness.

“We were not a priority,” said volleyball parent Judy Belyeu.

Belyeu said the volleyball team had been told in 2005 that air conditioning would be installed in the gymnasium in 2006. But bleachers were installed, and the air-conditioning issue kept getting hotter.

“How can incompetence be allowed to continue?” said Belyeu.

She said system officials told her the air conditioning would be installed by the time school started, but the volleyball team is still continuing to swelter.

Another volleyball parent, Carol Gillespie, said she was looking for a commitment from the facilities department on when the work at the gym would be completed.

In a letter to parents dated earlier this month, Principal Roy Rabold said he expects the gym to be completed by Oct. 19.

“This plan will allow access to the gym for volleyball practice and home matches and enable some one-on-one practice time for our basketball teams,” he said.

Superintendent John DeCotis pledged to inform the school board and the parents if there was any deviation from the schedule.

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Submitted by 1bighammer on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 8:31am.

the FCBOE puts them LAST on the list for everything. You can bet your buns that had it been precious Whitewater, there would have been no delay.

Sorry if I seem a bit bitter but I've been through SCHS getting the shaft year after year after year. Enough is enough!

Submitted by mcg on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:20am.

While I agree that all of the high schools should have A/C, I also know that Booth Middle School didn't have A/C in their gym until the past year. McIntosh H.S. didn't have an auditorium until 2 years ago. Booth and Rising Starr Middle Schools don't have softball fields, but Flat Rock, Whitewater Middle, Bennett's Mill, and Fayette Middle all do. So I'm not sure that Sandy Creek is being singled out in this instance.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:31am.

AT least till my kid left at the end of the school year last year, Fayette Middle didn't have a/c in the gym either. I don't think FCHS has an auditorium now.

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Submitted by mcg on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:40am.

It would be nice if all of the county's schools at each level could be the same in regards to their facilities. I don't know if that will happen, but we can hope.... I support everyone wanting their child's school to have the same facilities as other schools in the county. Unless you are familiar with all of the schools in the county (which admittedly, I am not), you probably won't know if they are all equal.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 9:43am.

Takes time, they'll all get there, and someone will always be mad that they're last.

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Submitted by JJsMom on Wed, 09/19/2007 - 11:53am.

It should have been fixed when it was 100+ degrees. Who prioritized bleachers over the a/c? I don't blame the parents for raising a fuss but why did they have to? It should have been a no brainer for the BOE before this school year began, especially considering how hot this past summer was. Who is installing the system and how many months is it going to take them?

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Wed, 09/19/2007 - 11:39am.

This is appalling, NO SCHOOL in this county should have to tolerate this and have to use a facility under these conditions. Shame on the FCBOE!

Submitted by 1bighammer on Wed, 09/19/2007 - 11:08am.

and should be on all the other SCHS parents' calendars too. Congrats to the Volleyball parents for putting pressure on the FCBOE!

Its time for parents to stand up and demand that Sandy Creek High School be treated as an equal part of the Fayette County School System and not just as an afterthought!

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