Montgomery County agrees to fund phase one of Christiansburg High School athletic fields makeover

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Christiansburg is officially getting a facelift on it's high school sports fields.

In a joint meeting Monday night, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give $2,103,200 dollars to the School Board to go towards Christiansburg high school.

It will be used for a new turf field and new track at the football stadium.

Board of Supervisors Chair Christopher Tuck said, "We have money in the bank, it's not drawing really any interest, and inflation, things are getting more expensive everyday. This allows us to move these project forward, we can save money by spending it now."

MCPS Superintendent Mark Miear added, "This being the first phase of many projects here in Christiansburg, starting with the athletic fields and then soon to be, hopefully, a new elementary school, new renovated high school, it's real exciting for the community and all of Montgomery County."

The Board will vote on the second request for $1,806,800 to fund new stands at the baseball field and a brand new softball field at their first December meeting.

That's once funds from the Old Blacksburg High School sale start coming in on November 22, and the final payment on the old Blacksburg Middle School property is paid on October 27.

A final request to fund a new concession stand and locker room facility will have to wait until the County has more money.

It was presented Monday, there will be $5,349,000 from the 2019 Fiscal Year due to the two cent tax amount given to schools every year, Old Prices Fork School payment, Old Blacksburg Middle School front property, and the 2nd payment on the Old Blacksburg High School.

Then in the 2020 Fiscal Year, there would be $2,524,000 from the same tax amount and the final Old BHS payment.

The school building itself will then get additions and renovations starting in 2023 when the County can borrow money again, as it has hit it's debt ceiling.

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