Tehachapi Warriors Booster Club update time was added to the agenda at the September 13 school board meeting, ostensibly to become a regular feature.
President Corey Costelloe shared fundraising reports and recent accomplishments — and also asked the Tehachapi Unified School District to better maintain its athletic facilities and move forward with planning new facilities, which it says him, had been promised to the community in a bond issue. to build the current Tehachapi High School.
The school, funded in part by a 1999 bond measure, opened in 2003 but includes only scopes of practice. Football games, as Costelloe pointed out, continue to be played in Coy Burnett Stadium adjacent to the old high school campuses about a mile north of THS. This stadium was built in 1958. And baseball games are still held on a former high school campus at Snyder and Anita Avenues.
The Booster Club president shared photos of the deteriorating concrete in the stadium and noted that the facility is also used by students from Jacobsen Middle School.
He called on the school district’s board of trustees to restart planning for the new facilities.
“I realize there’s no magic money to make things happen,” Costelloe said. He suggested that the district begin by establishing a standing facilities committee.
Later in the meeting, Tehachapi City Council member Susan Wiggins echoed Costelloe’s sentiments and noted that she believed the community would come together to find a way to build new facilities.
School board president Nancy Weinstein and trustee Tyler Napier both thanked the Booster Club for its efforts to raise funds and support the THS athletics program.
And Napier asked that an action item be placed on the next board agenda to establish a standing facilities committee.
Costelloe noted that the club’s corporate sponsorship has raised more than $88,000 since 2018, including $30,000 in sponsorships for the current season. And over $10,000 was raised through membership dues and sales of football “green spots” this year.
In addition to providing scholarships for varsity athletes, the club provided entry fees for basketball and wrestling tournaments, championship patches for various teams, travel bags for women’s soccer, and uniforms for men’s football, he said.
The club also supported baseball and softball teams with $7,500 for baseball field windscreens, baseball pants and softball safety bases.
Larger investments were made for the football program, including $5,000 to replace a 1996 blocking sled and $13,500 for stadium improvements, including a new ice machine for the snack bar and technology update, some of which have not yet been installed.
The meeting also included a report from Commercial Director Hojat Entezari on maintenance projects completed during the recent summer break.
Projects carried out by the district maintenance and operations department included:
• Replacement of the concrete in front of the THS gymnasium and cafeteria.
• Replacement of lighting and paving work at Coy Burnett Stadium.
• New carpet for the music room at the THS.
• HVAC upgrades at JMS and Golden Hills Elementary School.
• Removal of the handball court at JMS.
• Playground and multi-purpose room upgrades at Tompkins Elementary School.
• Interior and exterior improvements to Golden Hills.
• Asphalt repair and resurfacing at Cummings Valley Elementary School.
• Classroom mats in Cummings Valley.
• Perimeter fencing and parking improvements at the Tehachapi Education Center.
• Interior and exterior improvements, including work in the TEC courtyard to prepare the space for the Tehachapi Independent Learning Academy.
• Work to refresh murals and other exterior improvements to the Claude L. Wells Education Center and District Office.
Claudia Elliott is a freelance journalist and former editor of Tehachapi News. She lives in Tehachapi and can be contacted by email: [email protected]