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BCSC Nixes Sports Complex Support Over Delays

Delays in the project, a pending court case against it and changes in city administration all play into the change of heart.

Columbus North High School

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Columbus North High School

The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation has officially withdrawn its support for a new downtown sports complex in Columbus.   Superintendent John Quick says the decision was based mainly on the slow progress of the project.

“This‘ll be the third season that our students [at Columbus North] have been displaced and when we took the field there in construction, we made a promise and a commitment to our baseball teams that we would have good fields for them,” Quick says. “We‘ve had a great partnership and we‘re getting by but when you have six baseball teams, 20 rainouts in the spring time, you really need that dedicated space.”

The Bulldogs had been playing at Clifty Park, sharing field space with other teams.   The BCSC board has plans in place to construct a pair of baseball fields on the grounds of Southside Elementary School. Quick says changes in city leadership and pending court action against the project factored in the decision.

“We had this plan all ready to go and then was approached by the city and said, ‘Won‘t you consider come and be a partner?‘ and we said, ‘Well okay if it makes sense‘ but this is a different time. It‘s a different era, different leadership. It‘s in litigation. It just didn‘t seem like it‘s going to happen anytime soon so we just needed to move on,” he says.

The BCSC board voted 7-0 to withdraw support. The Southside plan, which has yet to be formally discussed or voted on, appears to have support on the board. Quick says he hopes to have the baseball fields there ready in time for the start of the 2013 season.

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