PRINCESS ANNE — The County Commissioners voted their support to fund half of the cost of stadium lights at Crisfield High School as long as the Board of Education comes up with the other half.
With the installation of a lighted scoreboard in 2020 lights for night games will make the playing field at CHS more equal to the one at WHS.
Commissioner Randy Laird told school officials if there’s school board support, “I would like to get it rolling instead of waiting to see if you can get a grant.”
Deputy Superintendent Tom Davis said he has a quote that it will cost $256,000.
Somerset County’s share would come through a non-recurring allocation. Non-recurring funds are outside of the regular school budget and generally for one-time expenses. It is not counted as part of the county’s maintenance of effort funding obligation. The school system’s share is contingent “if the funding’s available,” said CFO Linda Johnson.
Mr. Laird said he and Vice President Charles Laird met with Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis who told them he thought the project could be completed this calendar year.
Charles Laird said having the ability to host night games at CHS will be a “win-win” for students and parents. “The bottom line is this is for a good cause,” he said.