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Measure spawns wish list

Passage of bond Measure S may lead to better athletic facilities at high schools.

May 18, 2011|By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the News-Press
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

GLENDALE — Hoover High School wants a new synthetic grass athletic field, similar to the ones at Glendale and Crescenta Valley.

Glendale needs upgrades to its baseball and softball fields.

Crescenta Valley desires new lights and bleachers for the school's football/soccer field, in addition to a refurbished swimming pool that would meet CIF standards for playoff matches.

All three schools have a "wish list" of projects they hope to begin after the passage of Measure S, a $270-million bond measure that was passed on the April 5 ballot by Glendale voters. The bond garnered 69% of the yes vote, well above the 55% needed to pass.

Weeks after the passage, Hoover, Glendale, and CV are eager to begin work on projects to improve not only their athletics but also other projects. Potential bond-funded projects include major renovations and technology updates in the classroom. The money is also likely to be used to repair walls, roofs and floor cover coverings, in addition to updating science, career and technical labs.

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Hoover aspires to upgrade its field.

"With Hoover, the main thing we want is to get the field," Hoover Principal Jennifer Earl said. "When you drive along Olmsted and look down at Hoover, the state of the field, despite the best efforts, does not represent the high standards held inside the buildings on campus. The Hoover community deserves to be represented appropriately."

Glendale Unified school board member Christine Walters said there are a number of members of the community who have sought to improve Hoover's field for "quite some time."

"It will literally help level the playing field between our schools in athletics," Walters said. "I think it will also show that as a district we value health and physical activity when we are willing to invest in our athletic facilities."

Glendale Unified school board member Mary Boger, who won reelection on April 5, championed for a new field for the Tornadoes during her campaign.

"I am so very happy to know that Hoover High School will now have the same state of the art track and field from which Glendale and Crescenta Valley High School students have benefited," said Boger, a Hoover High graduate. "It has been a source of frustration to me that not all of our students were enjoying the same quality of facilities."

In 2006, Glendale installed a $1.7 million field and Crescenta Valley opened a $1.8 million field.

Earl believes the field might be ready in two years and acknowledged additional fundraising may be needed.

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