BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTHI) - If you build it they will come. That's what one Greene County, Indiana school district hopes their proposed new athletic facilities will do for them; not only keep enrollment from declining, but to bring students back to their humble high school.
A few practice laps get Bloomfield High's track team ready for Monday's big meet; circling the tennis courts where Bloomfield’s undefeated tennis team practices. All set up on a cozy, yet cramped athletic field that cardinals compete on year after year.
"You see our current tennis courts where we have (just) three,” Superintendent of Bloomfield Schools Dan Sichting said. “Our current track is about a quarter of what a normal track is."
In the Wabash Valley, where sports passions can run a close second to academic scholarships, Bloomfield’s athletes have a choice in deciding where they want to earn that letter jacket.
"Students can really go anyplace they want to,” Sichting said. “They can live in my district and attend school in another district."
"One of the problems with our current facilities is attracting new students to our district."
The school district has a plan to change that. There is a field just outside of town that sows soybeans now, but will soon sow the future of Bloomfield athletics.
"We’ve purchased 120 acres south of Bloomfield and our plan is to build as many facilities as we can for $2 million,” he explained.
Their new site will upgrade the tennis courts, baseball fields, softball fields, and of course the track; all without costing the community extra dollars.
"This debt would replace the (current) debt that we are retiring in 2016, keeping the tax rate stable at about $.40 cents per $100,000 of assessed value,” Sichting said.
A move he hopes keeping younger generations of Bloomfield in the cardinal red for years to come.
The Bloomfield school district will also use debt service money to upgrade their out of date Heating and Air Conditioning systems in the next year as well.
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