After years of discussion a new, multi-use sports complex is in the works at Alton High School. Alton Superintendent Dr. Ken Spells announced the $2.5-million project during last night’s board meeting. The complex will be built on a nearly 30-acre plot of land behind the high school.
The initial phase calls for upgrading the current soccer practice field to a game field with a surrounding 8-lane track, the construction of a varsity baseball facility, two multi-purpose fields that will be used for physical education, soccer, football, and Marching 100 practices, a cross-country course, and a new restroom and concession facility.
Alton High School Athletic Director Jeff Alderman says this will make the Redbirds more competitive in the Southwestern Conference.
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Dr. Spells also says plan will not result in higher taxes for residents because the project will be financed by using existing Operations and Maintenance funds, selling bonds from the Operations and Maintenance fund and through private donations. A timetable for the project has not been announced.