Connection: City and schools one step closer to agreement on stadium

A tentative agreement has been made regarding the future of the White House High School football stadium. Representatives from the city of White House, White House High School and Sumner County met last Thursday morning to iron out some of the details before presenting the proposed agreement to the Board of Mayor and Alderman Thursday night.

In the proposed agreement the city of White House will continue to assist the county and the school with the maintenance and upkeep of the field and stadium for the next three years. During the third year the county will begin to assume more responsibility and by the end of the year the county and school will be fully responsible for maintenance and upkeep.

White House football coach Jeff Porter expressed his support of this agreement at the BOMA meeting last week.

“Whatever you decide we’re going to accept, because progress needs to go forward,” Porter said. “Our request for consideration for you tonight is that we would ask you to please consider the three years instead of two.”

Porter believes three years would provide the school and county enough time to raise the money needed to bring the field up to par.

“We don’t want to do something that’s just going to get us by,” Porter said. “We’re not going to be waiting for three years for us to start taking care of it, we’re going to be more visible over there.”

The proposed agreement is still in its infancy as all lawyers are reviewing the fine details. The final agreement will be a topic of discussion at the Jan. 21 Sumner County School Board meeting, as well as the Jan. 27 County Commission meeting. There will also be a second reading at the February White House BOMA meeting. A final agreement is hoped for by the end of February.

“I think we’ve got things worked out, but all three boards have to approve,” said City Administrator Gerald Herman said.

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