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Keyser stadium debt sparks talk of drastic steps

KEYSER, W.Va. – Since the first payment for the Keyser High School Athletic Complex came due in June 2009, KHS has not been able to make a full payment as promised and the Mineral County Board of Education has made up the difference every year.

The annual payment, due each June, is $279,757.82.

To date (the June 2014 payment has not yet been paid), the board of education has put out a total of $888,789.10 for the stadium. Keyser High has paid $510,000.

Both board president Kevin Watson and member Terry LaRue, who made and seconded the motion on May 20, 2008, to enter into the contract for $1.7 million for bleachers, lights, fence, press box, artificial turf and the track surface, are now saying enough is enough.

“We’ve got to do something,” Watson told the News Tribune in an exclusive interview. “I feel we can’t wait another year. We’ve got to do something now.”

In brief conversations during recent board meetings, both have suggested some drastic measures – Watson saying the county needs to start recovering some of its money and LaRue suggesting the high school go back to playing afternoon games.

“My initial thought was, we need to start selling things,” Watson said. “We need to sell lights. We need to sell bleachers.”

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