A crowd appeared at the latest District 204 board meeting in support of a motion to name Neuqua Valley High School’s Wildcats Football Stadium in honor of retiring athletic director Barb Barrows.
“Look at the awards and championships throughout the history of this program,” said Bob McBride, principal of Neuqua Valley High School. “This could only happen with long hours, acute understanding of all sports, a willingness to work with the coaching staff and parent organizations and a true love for all students within this program.
The board unanimously voted to rename Wildcats Stadium the Barbara J. Barrows Stadium – to be dedicated on October 7th at the last home football game this season.
“I thank the community for the opportunity and I thank you for naming the stadium, that’s awesome,” said Barrows.
Barrows has been the athletic director of Neuqua Valley since the school was founded in 1997. She retires in June, at the end of this school year.
Also at the meeting, a new budget was passed, but a shortcoming in elementary school air conditioning funding led to a discussion about amending the budget at a later date. To complete phase three of the project, three million dollars needs to be added to the budget – an expense many were willing to accept.
“It gives me some comfort knowing that we could get done with that phase three at the elementary schools so at least two classrooms are sharing one air conditioner,” said District 204 board member Mark Rising.
Only two of the district’s 21 elementary schools are completely air-conditioned. With the two million dollars currently allotted, 38 percent of elementary school classrooms will receive air conditioning – but with the full five million, 56 percent will be cooled.
Officials argued the additional cost and cooling were necessities, both for comfort reasons as well as financial, with heat days resulting in a loss of state funding.
The district will have to dip into cash reserves to cover the increase – the vote on an amendment to do so will occur later this fall.
The district’s total budget for expenditures for fiscal year 2016-17 is about $269 million.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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