THOMAS E. WILLIAMS: Hopes school board will do track right the first time

TO THE EDITOR:

As a former member of the Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education, I would like to congratulate the school board, the community and, most of all, the kids at MAPS to be able to finally have a track.

The kids at MAPS will finally be able to host track meets, and the community will be able to watch meets as well as use the track in the future.

The problem is Manistee will not be able to host meets that will go into the evening hours. When I was on the school board, we as a board decided to use the funds from the sale of the former Kennedy school on U.S. 31 and the funds from the timber sale of school forest.

The plan was to build a track and do it right and do it right the first time. It was agreed that it would be done right and complete no half efforts.

I have been told there are no plans for lights or for spectator stands. MAPS has the funds to do it right, as a former board member I know MAPS receives approximately $630,000 from the Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy and approximately $642,500 from the PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement with about $71,000 of that going toward the high school debt service fund.

The school board needs to show some leadership and get it done correctly. I ask as a community member, a taxpayer and a parent, please do it right and complete this project.

Thomas E. Williams

Manistee

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