- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Plans to pour a new concrete foundation for the stadium at Fairview High School have been submitted to the state for approval, following what officials say was a delay at the architect’s office.

School officials initially reported the plans were submitted several weeks ago, but Superintendent. Dr. Craig Ross updated the situation last week by noting the architect was “behind schedule,” and the plans have now been sent. The next step in the process could take several months, as the state reviews the proposal.

Once they receive approval, the school board will be tasked with figuring out exactly how and when they will pay for repairs on a new stadium.

“We certainly need to have a discussion on that, and God willing, this is the last year they’re away from home,” Ross said.

The bleachers at the high school’s Dafford Smith Stadium were deemed unusable due to deterioration less than a week before kickoff for the first home game of 2014, and quickly worked out an agreement with nearby Cullman High to host home games there for the season. Large cracks were visible in the concrete stands, and an engineer surveyed the facility and deemed it unsafe for use.

Fairview High School’s football team will not be playing at home this fall, as school officials are currently working toward an agreement to once again host the home season at Cullman High School.

Not long after the bleachers were condemned, the community founded a volunteer committee to help with planning for eventual repairs and fundraising for the estimated $2.7 million repair and expansion. Fairview residents have joined school board member Chris Carter and state representative Randall Shedd, the former mayor of Fairview, on a stadium renovation committee.

School officials had originally discussed a potential plan to install temporary bleachers to allow the team to return home this season, though Ross said that did not prove to be a financially viable option.

The town of Fairview recently passed a half-cent sales tax in an effort to generate additional revenue, with hopes to use some of those funds to help repair the stadium.

— Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at [email protected], or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.


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