Karin Evanoff: Athens Drive needs facilities

April 18, 2013 

Needed facilities

For close to 30 years, Athens Drive High School has been sorely and shamefully ignored. As a community, we have patiently waited for the City of Raleigh and the Wake County school system to work together to provide simple improvements to our school, such as bathrooms, proper lighting and a paved parking lot with sidewalks that can allow our students and family members safe access to their cars.

Over 1,300 students at Athens Drive participate in sports-related activities and in the marching band. Athens Drive’s stadium hosts thousands of community members throughout the year. It generously opens its facility for community programs including Pop Warner football, Senior Games, Raleigh Summer Track, Wake County Special Needs Camp as well as numerous sport camps and benefit tournaments.

Our athletes have to use the woods for a bathroom. There is no paved emergency access to our field or handicap access to our bleachers. Our lights are below safety standards both in the stadium and in the parking area, and there is no shelter for our students in inclement weather.

The school board is finalizing projects that will be included on the next school bond issue. We have waited long enough for basic health and safety accommodations. Please do not cut us out again.

Karin Evanoff

Cary

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