The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 49
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 49

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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V f t Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 B13:s bo Walking Fails To Replace Seating Jupiter High School Lacks Funds To Replace Bleachers Board come up with the money, but' new member James DeLonga, representing the north county area, was opposed. "I am still getting complaints' from parents who say their children don't have textbooks. I am not', prepared to sit up here and approve matching projects when there are. kids without textbooks," DeLonga said. "We have got to go for the whole thing," Plowman concluded. "There are more important things when you put out a priority than stadium bleachers, especially when you are not satisfied with the educa-;', tion you are putting out," he said. : " We will do the best we can . " system's projected deficit, he said. "I don't see any (chances) this year (for local matching projects)," DeRuzzo said. This verdict, of course, doesn't please the Jupiter boosters. "I agree that they are up against it as far as money goes," said Bill Perry, president of the boosters. "Our real feeling is that if the community does come up and show the interest, I don't see how the School Board can turn down that kind of civic response," he said. "That kind of slaps the community in the face." School Board members are split on the issue. Daniel Hendrix and Thomas Sans-bury said it was critical the School By CHARLES REEFER Post Staff Writer Last week, Principal Joseph Orr took a long walk - 10 miles in about 3V4 hours - leading about 650 students and teachers from Jupiter High School on a walk-a-thon to raise funds to build a new football stadium. The 10-mile trudge through Jupiter's streets will net between $4,000 and $5,000 toward a $27,500 goal, half the projected cost of replacing the high school's now inadequate and decaying steel and wood bleachers with a 2,500-seat concrete stadium with press box. Monday night, Orr took another long walk. It was from the podium in front of the assembled School Board at Howell Watkins Junior High School's cafeteria to his seat toward the back of the sparce audience. ' School Supt. Joseph Carroll's words made it a long walk. "We are not prepared to recommend matching projects this year," Carroll flatly told the School Board. Jupiter High's new stadium was planned as a matching project. Under School Board policies, if schools or parent organizations raise money for school improvements, like new football stadiums, the School Board will match local fund-raising dollar for dollar. With between $4,000 and $5,000 already in the bank, Jupiter students and parents had planned to have their half of the money in hand by July 1, so the stadium could be con- structed before next year's football season. "I think the kids have to have a stadium when they need one and we need one up here now," said Richard Plowman, co-chairman of the Jupiter Warriors Booster Club's stadium committee. According to Orr, the present bleachers seat less than half the fans who turn out for home games, even though the Warriors didn't have a good season (two wins and eight losses). "We have so many people in our stadium (for games) we don't have seats for them. Our problem is crowd control," Orr told the School Board. Another problem is spending between $1,000 and $2,000 each year to replace rotten plank seating, On-said. A $27,500 appropriation to cover the matching funds was included in Carroll's budget requests and was passed by the School Board, but David DeRuzzo, the administration's finance chief, said all expenditures for matching projects have been frozen along with a list of other expenditures. A combination of low school enrollments, mushrooming insurance and utilities costs, along with teacher pay boosts and general inflation means the School Board will be facing "a serious financial situation that will require a set of financial adjustments," DeRuzzo said. 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