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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:30 am | Updated: 8:26 am, Wed Apr 10, 2013.

Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer called it bittersweet.

During last Tuesday’s municipal election, voters approved Question 1 of the district’s two-part Prop R, Right Now for Children, which did not include a sales tax increase.

However, Question 2, which included a 25-cent tax rate increase, did not receive the required 57.1 percent majority to pass.

That means there will not be a new middle school constructed, which would have helped with the overcrowding issue the district faces.

Among other things, the approval of Question 1 will allow the district to build a new early childhood center and to upgrade to wireless technology in all buildings.

But what does this mean for the school district’s athletic department?

When contacted Monday afternoon, VanLeer said no decisions concerning the athletic facilities have been made at this point. There was nothing to report.

District officials and the school board need time to sort things out and come up with a plan for what will be best for the district as a whole.

While no decisions have officially been made, there are some fairly obvious things within the Washington athletic department that could definitely be improved.

To throw my two cents in the mix, I think the time has come for a makeover to the high school’s Rauch Field.

Specifically, I’d like to see a new turf field and a new track.

And I’d be willing to bet I’m not the only one who feels this way.

It’s time for Washington to have a state-of-the-art turf field, similar to the what we see at Borgia, St. Clair, Hermann, Sullivan and Warrenton.

Talking to many different coaches and school district officials throughout the area, a turf field makes all the difference.

Turf fields are the future. Slowly but surely, we’ll start to see fewer and fewer grass fields.

Washington High School’s current grass field takes a beating throughout the year.

It’s not just Friday night football games, either.

It’s also freshman and junior varsity football, boys and girls soccer, band practices and performances and also the annual band festival.

Installation of field turf also will help with the team’s practice schedules.

No team at Washington holds practice sessions on the current grass game field.

With turf, the football team can practice on their own game field. The band can hold practice sessions on it.

Maybe from time to time, the soccer teams can practice on the turf, instead of driving to Washington West.

I’ve even seen baseball and softball teams practice on the turf when fields are wet and muddy.

The high school also needs a new track. The current one is not in good shape.

Washington does not have a home track and field meet this season due to the condition of the track.

Last week’s Washington quad meet was moved to Warrenton High School. Next week’s Nix Relays will take place at Borgia High School.

Installing field turf won’t be cheap, but neither is the constant maintenance to the grass field.

It’s my hope that I’m preaching to the choir here.

If you took a survey among school district employees and students, I’m sure an overwhelming amount of them would be in favor of a new turf field and track complex.

When it’s all said and done, I think we’ll see a new turf field and track at Washington High School in the near future.

The district does a great job rallying around and supporting the athletic teams.

While the results from last Tuesday’s election weren’t a slam dunk victory for the school district, maybe it will be enough to make these changes at Rauch Field.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Monday, April 21

Lutheran SC 3, Borgia 0

*Pacific 6, St. Clair 5

Tuesday, April 22

*Washington 9, Ft. Zumwalt North 8

Wednesday, April 23

*Washington at FZN    4:30 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Union at Farmington    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Winfield    4:30 p.m.

*Union vs. Sullivan (GCS Ballpark)    5 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Kirkwood    10 a.m.

St. Clair at Farmington    10 a.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    noon

St. Clair vs. Oakville (at Farmington)    12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 21

*Holt 2, Washington 0

*Pacific 10, St. James 0

Borgia 3, Lutheran SC 2 (OT)

Tuesday, April 22

Hillsboro 1, St. Clair 0

*Washington 3, Ft. Zumwalt East 2

*Union 2, Sullivan 0

*Owensville 3, Pacific 2

Wednesday, April 23

Union at Incarnate Word    4 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

St. Clair at Northwest    4 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    5 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at FZN    5 p.m.

Golf

Monday, April 21

Warrenton 155, Washington 157 (Medalist-War E. Luecke 32)

Tuesday, April 22

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

Borgia at AAA Tny    1 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Borgia at St. Mary’s 3:30 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    4 p.m.

*St. Clair at Owensville    4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 22

Washington Nix Relays (Timberland won both divisions)

Friday, April 25

Owensville Inv    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Potosi Inv    4 p.m

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Ladue    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 23

North Tech at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Bayless at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Monday, April 21

*ECC at St. Louis (Split-St. Louis won first game, 6-5, ECC won second game in eight innings, 9-8)

Wednesday, April 23

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25

ECC at Region 16 Tournament, TBA

*Conference Games

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