Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City School Board settled a 20 year debate Monday night at their board meeting.
Members approved the relocation of the baseball and softball fields to the district’s 5-12 complex.
Freshman softball player Rachel Chambers says they want to play on new fields, but not settle for something quick.
The $1.7 million dollar complex would have the softball diamond sit between the high school parking lot and the north end of the football field. The baseball diamond would sit to the southeast of the middle school and high school on Comet Drive.
Member Scott Dight didn’t support the proposal sighting financial concerns.
The school is responsible to designate half of the project costs from district funds. The school would will provide $1 million or less plus raise $500,000 more.
Baseball coach Tyler Dowing has experience playing and coaching on the diamond.
He says the long hour has taken a toll on his players and even his family.
The 20 acre parcel of land the school purchased at Shadow Avenue was originally planned for a sports complex.
Superintendent Mike Fisher says there’s been internal discussion on what they’ll use it for.
The diamonds would be playable by the spring of 2020.