Luxury sports venues for public schools

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via the Chronicle, your tax dollars at work:

With the opening of several multimillion-dollar arenas, so-called minor sports such as volleyball and basketball are stepping into the spotlight at schools across the Greater Houston area.

Three new facilities, built in the past two years, are setting a standard for school districts throughout the state. Katy ISD’s Merrell Center, Cy-Fair ISD’ s Berry Center and Clear Creek ISD’s Bill Krueger Field House are state-of the-art venues that are placing focus on the sports and the teams that play in them.

In addition, they show the growth of girls sports, even in a state where football rules.

“The greatest thing about it is that it shows the students on the volleyball and basketball teams that this district really embraces them and cares about what they are out there doing,” Clear Lake High School girls basketball coach Terry Farrell said of the 2,800-seat Krueger Field House.

The fieldhouse was approved by voters in 2004. Though there had been talk of making major improvements to the football stadium, when the fieldhouse appeared on a single ticket at the bond election that year, it was strongly supported. The vote was a victory for the “other” sports.

Multi-million dollar arenas for public school sports. Maybe the Dynamo can begin stadium talks with these districts which are so flush with tax dollars, instead of bugging HISD.

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