School Board discusses solution to seating problem
Basehor-Linwood High School might have found a solution to a potential seating problem at its football field.
At the Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting, BLHS principal Bill Hatfield spoke in front of the board about the possibility of added seating at the stadium.
"Of the football seasons I have attended, you definitely have the need for more seats," Hatfield said.
"I think it's time at least to knock around different seating configurations."
The School Board hasn't taken action on the proposal yet, but should board members approve the additional seating, approximately 1,000 new seats would be added to the home side of the football field.
The home bleachers at the football field currently seat 1,500 spectators, spread across three sections. With the new seating, there would be two additional sections added to each end, with a capacity of holding 500 people each, school officials said.
"A couple (people), if not more, stand outside the stadium because there simply isn't enough seating," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent.
"By the end of the first quarter, there are hardly any seats to be had," Hatfield said.
The discussion regarding the seating situation is very preliminary at this point, but it could be revisited in the future, school officials said.
In more football news, Hatfield also discussed with the board, a meeting involving the Basehor-Linwood School District and seven other school districts across the Kaw, Huron and Frontier leagues about the possibility of forming a new league.
The Gardner-Edgerton School District invited Basehor-Linwood to the meeting to discuss the new league.
The reasoning behind the new league is due to the desire of the Gardner-Edgerton School District to form a league with schools located on or near the Kansas Highway 7 corridor.
In other items, the school board:
Accepted a condemnation payment from Leavenworth County for road easements on County Road 2. County officials are planning a widening project along the road.
Approved the use of $31,250 to pave gravel areas around Basehor-Linwood High School.