Muscogee County School Board planning to review SPLOST Projections for new athletic complex

MCSD may lack funding for athletic complex near the new Spencer High
Published: Feb. 27, 2018 at 5:07 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2018 at 7:22 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Students at one high school in Columbus will be seeing a new facility soon, but the athletic complex may not happen according to committee representatives.

In March 2015, Columbus voters approved the SPLOST, or local one percent sales tax to improve or build Muscogee County School facilities. The school district stated they prioritized for a new citywide athletic facility across from the new Spencer High School.

Committee representatives say they are worried there may not be enough money for the center based on current projections. The cost for the complex is projected to be $11 million.

Students at Spencer High say it would be beneficial to have a complex in south Columbus for a true home-field advantage.

"It kind of stops our momentum. When you have your home field you have this thing about it being your own turf. When you travel, it's our home, but it doesn't feel the same as having your own field," says Jacobie, a  Spencer High football player.

"We were all excited about the new field. When we heard they were going to be building a new football field, especially for the soccer team, we were all for it," says Dwyane.

Some parents say they want to see the sales tax money add up to better facilities like a new athletic stadium, especially since they have been investing in the SPLOST for the past few years.

"We pay our money, and we want to see it. Even on the south side. If they're going to build that school right there, they have the right to have the stadium there as well," says parent Vanessa English.

The School District's Director of Media Relations, Mercedes Parham, says the process is at a premature stage and could shift gears. She says more information would be available around the summer on if the facility would be built, but it's too early to call.

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