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Gadsden City Schools will bring baseball, softball, maybe tennis on GCHS campus with field project

Donna Thornton

The Gadsden Times
Gadsden City's Paden New slams a single March 10 during a high school baseball game against Fort Payne at Lindsey Field. The design phase has begun for a project to construct on-campus baseball and softball fields and possibly tennis courts at GCHS, and Superintendent Tony Reddick says 2021 could be the Titans' last baseball season at the field on Meighan Boulevard.

The Gadsden City school system’s major capital project for this budget year is construction of baseball and softball fields and, it is hoped, tennis facilities on the campus at Gadsden City High School.

“This year’s baseball season could be the last one off campus,” Superintendent Tony Reddick said, “and that’s a great thing.”

Reddick said the project now is in the design phase and several architects have contacted the board about it. He said it’s hoped that tennis courts can be constructed at the same time baseball and softball fields are built.

The plan is to build fields in front of the gym, Reddick explained, in an area where people often tailgate for football games.

“Getting our kids back on campus and off Meighan Boulevard puts us more in line with the seven schools we are competing with,” the superintendent said.

Gadsden City’s games currently are played at the sports complex on Meighan Boulevard. In the past, Reddick and board members have talked about safety concerns with students playing so far off campus in an area where homeless people sometimes would approach people attending games.

Board member Allen Millican asked if middle school teams would be using the fields as well; Reddick said he thought it was likely the middle school teams would use the fields.

Regarding school finances, Financial Officer Cory Skelton said was pleased to report that the City of Gadsden gave the school system $900,000 as it did last year. Because of financial challenges the city is facing with lost revenue from Goodyear’s closure and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, she said she was concerned about funding from the city.

Millican offered “special thanks” to the city for its continued support of the schools and the city’s children.