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You Asked: No specific time table for football field

DAILY LEADER / KATIE WILLIAMSON / The current Loyd Star football field, although in good condition, is so close to the school buildings, it leaves little room for future expansion. Plans were initiated years ago on constructing a new field, but no time table is in place for completion, school district officials say.

DAILY LEADER / KATIE WILLIAMSON / The current Loyd Star football field, although in good condition, is so close to the school buildings, it leaves little room for future expansion. Plans were initiated years ago on constructing a new field, but no time table is in place for completion, school district officials say.

Editor’s Note: A reader on The Daily Leader Facebook page asked, “How about an update on the new football field at Loyd Star? It was cleared in ’04? I think? And concrete and dozer work has been done and then allowed to grow up again in the last few years. When will it be re-cleared and completed? Or just what is the status with it?

Some local residents have been questioning the progress of the Loyd Star Attendance Center football field. A couple years ago, the Lincoln County School District board purchased a plot of land that is to be the home of a new football field for Loyd Star High School. The project has been slow going, which is raising a few eyebrows.

“There was never any time scale on the project,” said Lincoln County Superintendent of Education Terry Brister. “We have been working on it in phases.”

So far, land has been purchased, a foundation has been prepared for the field and a parking lot has been laid. Currently, the school board is working with electricians to get major power to the new field.

Brister said the original intent of the project was to create a new field so if/when the school needs to expand, they could expand the school and add classrooms where the current field is situated. He added that it is less about football and more about the future progress of the school.

“It is something nice for the future but there is no dire need for the project to be completed immediately,” said Brister. “We are working on it piece by piece. We will do it at the appropriate time and in a financially responsible manner.”

Brister compared the football field to the Enterprise Attendance Center baseball field project. The baseball field took five to six years to complete and was also done in phases.

“We will not make this a financial burden. We have many schools we have to spread our money around,” said Brister. “It will be completed, we have not abandoned the project, but we never set a time scale and we won’t set a time scale. We have added to the project each year.”